Amalgam fillings, also known as silver-colored fillings, are made from a combination of metals such as tin, copper, silver and mercury. This combination of metals gives amalgam its renowned strength and durability. These fillings usually last between 10 – 15 years compared to composite fillings which typically last about 5 years. Due to its strength as well as its color, these fillings are typically used for the molars in the back of the mouth, where they are less visible and where the most chewing occurs. As an added benefit, amalgam fillings are typically more cost effective than composite “tooth colored” fillings.
How it’s done:
The procedure begins by first removing the decayed portion of the tooth. Once complete, the tooth is shaped in a specific way to accept the filling. The amalgam is then placed into the tooth and a band may be placed around the tooth to help the amalgam condense. The filling is then adjusted and polished to fit your bite for maximum comfort.
Following the placing of the amalgam filling, you may experience a temporary period of heightened hot and cold tooth sensitivity. This type of filling do not harden instantaneously, and it’s advised you avoid chewing in that area for a few hours. Make sure to consult your Peoria IL dentist to understand which type of filling is the right treatment option for you.
If you feel you have a cavity that can be improved by an amalgam filling, schedule an appointment with your Peoria IL dentist by calling (309) 688-7321 or Clicking Here.