A silver amalgam
filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks,
fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be
removed and then filled with a silver filling.
There are many types of
filling materials available, each with their own advantages and
disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for
restoring your teeth. Amalgam fillings, along with composite (tooth
colored) fillings, are the most widely used today. An amalgam filling
is more commonly used in the back teeth since the color is not as
aesthetic as a composite filling.
As with most dental
restorations, amalgam fillings are not permanent and may someday need
replacement. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving
you a long lasting smile.
Reasons for amalgam fillings:
Cracked or broken teeth.
What does getting an amalgam filling involve?
Amalgam fillings are
usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your
dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be
thoroughly cleansed and carefully prepared before the new filling is
placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special
medication will be applied for added protection. The silver filling
will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your
tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to
experience sensitivity to hot and cold when amalgam fillings are first
placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to
the new filling.
You will be given post-care instructions at the completion
of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and
regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
You are welcome to schedule an appointment today!