Amalgam fillings are most commonly referred to as metal or silver-colored fillings and are made from a combination of metals including tin, copper, silver and mercury. The typical amalgam filling will last between 10-15 years compared to composite fillings which typically last for about 5 years. An added bonus is that amalgam fillings are more cost effective than composite fillings. Since these fillings are known for their strength and durability, they are normally recommended for use on the back molars where the most chewing occurs.
How it’s done
Just like a composite filling procedure, your 94531 Dentist will first numb the area with a local anesthetic in order to relieve any pain or discomfort associated with the procedure. Amalgam fillings are performed by first removing the decaying portion of the tooth. In order to accept the filling, the tooth is then shaped in a specific way and the amalgam is placed into the tooth. A band will be placed around your tooth during the process to help keep the amalgam condensed. The filling is adjusted and polished to fit your bite for comfort and functionality.
Following this procedure, you should expect some temporary periods of heightened tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Since amalgam fillings do not harden right away, it’s advised that patients avoid chewing near the procedural site for a few hours.