In our office, a tooth shaded, composite filling material is used in most cases. However, there may be a limited number of circumstances in which the tooth shaded material cannot be utilized. A silver amalgam filling can be 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 have been concerns regarding the effect of mercury in silver filling materials on the health of patients. Historically, there has been no evidence to suggest that silver filling materials have a negative effect on the health of most patients. There are some individuals that may be affected due to specific sensitivities to specific materials. At this time, the American Dental Association states that silver filling materials are safe to use for most patients. The Food and Drug Administration is presently reviewing its previous recommendations that there is low risk associated with the use of silver filling materials.
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 aesthetic compared to 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. The silver filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
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.