An amalgam filling is a very special type of filling that is used primarily for tooth repair from a variety of dental problems including things like fractures, cracks, decay and a whole bunch of other procedural dental problems. A silver filling is what will ultimately replace the problem area of the tooth or the decayed area at the end of the procedure.
Of course, there are a great amount of filling types in terms of materials that are used in the filling, and each material has advantages and disadvantages, which makes it even more important for you to have a discussion with your dentist about what would be the best options for restoring your teeth to optimal dental health. Amalgam fillings are amongst the most popular types of fillings that are used today, and we can definitely make sure that when it comes down to it these types of fillings are primarily used on the back teeth because of the not so aesthetically pleasing color of the silver filling.
Amalgam fillings are not necessarily going to be permanent and they may need to be replaced at some point, but they do last a very long time, which in turn allows you to maintain a beautiful smile for long periods of time.
Reasons for amalgam fillings:
- Worn out teeth
- Tooth decay
- Broken or cracked teeth that need repairing
What does getting an amalgam filling involve?
Amalgam fillings can typically be placed in your teeth within just one appointment, and what will happen at first is that your tooth will be numbed and your dentist will then get rid of all of the tooth decay in that are while also cleaning and carefully preparing the area where the new filling is going to eventually be placed in the patient’s mouth. Sometimes a tooth decay will be near a tooth’s nerve, and if this is the case then the patient will be given a special type of medication that will give them added protection, but this is sometimes a rare instance that your dentist will definitely bring up if it arises. Then the silver filling is placed in your mouth and then shaped and cast so that it fits perfectly and you can start to restore your tooth to a natural shape and functionality.
Sometimes right after someone gets an amalgam filling there will be a hypersensitivity towards hot and cold on the metal filling, but it’s only temporary.