Historically a silver amalgam filling was used to repair a tooth affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth was removed and then filled with a silver filling. Amalgam fillings have fallen into disfavor and have widely been replaced by composite (tooth colored) fillings, which are the most widely used today. An amalgam filling were more commonly used in the back teeth since the color was less visually apparent. As with most dental restorations, amalgam fillings are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable, and will last many years. Sadly many amalgam fillings are now in cracked or fractured teeth and are in the process of being replaced with crowns
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. Proper oral hygiene, good eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
If you have questions about amalgam fillings and their replacements or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.