Similar to composite fillings, amalgam fillings are used to fill the missing portion once the decay or cavity is removed from a tooth. However, the biggest difference is that amalgam fillings are made from a combination of metals including tin, copper, silver, and mercury, which gives them their renowned strength and durability. Amalgam fillings can be expected to last anywhere from 10 to 15 years and are therefore particularly useful on the back molars where most of the chewing occurs. As an added bonus, amalgam fillings are extremely cost effective, especially compared with composite fillings.
How it’s done
The entire procedure is done by first removing the decaying portion of the tooth. Dr. Sharma will use a local anesthetic to numb the area so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Once the decayed portion is removed, Dr. Sharma will shape the tooth in a specific way to accept the filling. The amalgam filling is then placed into the tooth and banded to help the amalgam condense. The fitting is adjusted and polished to fit your bite for maximum comfort
You may experience some heightened sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures following your procedure. Be aware that amalgam fillings do not harden instantaneously, so it is advised that you avoid chewing near the procedural area for a few hours. Make sure to consult your 78748 dentist to better understand which type of filling is right for you.