When decay is present on a tooth, the decay must be removed to prevent the loss of the tooth or infections in the tooth’s nerve or gum tissue from occurring. Once the decay is removed, the tooth is missing part of its original structure. Amalgam fillings are a restorative procedure that can fill in the missing portion of your tooth so you can chew.
When Are Amalgam Fillings Used?
Amalgam fillings are used after a cavity is removed from your tooth. It is an FDA-approved material for restoring the biting surfaces of teeth. Because the amalgam material is strong, it’s often used for large cavities. It can also be used on cavities in your molars. The silver color of the amalgam is less noticeable on these back teeth. The material can withstand the intense forces that occur when your molars come together to chew food.
What Is in an Amalgam Filling?
An amalgam filling contains a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Dentists have used it for more than 100 years to restore a tooth’s structure. Amalgam is a popular material for dental fillings because it generally costs less than other materials and lasts longer than composite materials.
How Do Amalgam Fillings Work?
To place an amalgam filling, the dentist removes the decayed area of the tooth. The amalgam is mixed and applied to the prepared tooth surface. Amalgam dries quickly, which makes it ideal for use on fillings at or below the gum line. It’s also used on people who have a difficult time staying still during dental care. For example, when a child needs a filling, the use of amalgam means a faster completion time for the procedure.
Call the office of Joshua Ignatowicz, DMD, today to learn about amalgam fillings for restoring your teeth.