A silver amalgam filling is a solution used in the repair of fractured, cracked or decayed tooth. The affected part of the tooth is removed and then replaced with a silver filling.
There are lots of filling materials, each having its own pros and cons. You can discuss with your dentist to know the best option for your teeth restoration. Today, amalgam fillings, as well as composite (tooth colored) fillings, tend to be the most widely used. An amalgam filling has been mostly applied to the back teeth because it is less visually appealing than a composite filling.
Just like many dental restorations, amalgam fillings are not permanent, so they may need to be replaced someday.
Reasons for amalgam fillings:
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Worn teeth
- Decayed teeth
What does getting an amalgam filling involve?
One appointment is usually enough for the placement of amalgam fillings. Decay will be removed by your dentist while the tooth is numb. He then cleans and prepares the space thoroughly before placing the new filling. If the decay is close to the nerve, a special medication is administered for more protection. The silver filling is then carefully, placed, shaped and polished, restoring the tooth’s original appearance and function.
When amalgam fillings are first placed, it’s normal for the tooth to become sensitive to cold and hot. However, this will go away once your tooth gets used to its new filling.
You will get care instructions once you complete your treatment. To enhance the life of your new fillings, you will be advised to adopt good eating habits, proper oral hygiene and regular visits to the dental clinic.