Amalgam fillings, which are also known as "silver-colored fillings," are made from a combination of metals such as silver, copper, tin and mercury. It is this combination that gives these fillings their renowned strength and durability. Amalgam fillings usually last between 10 and 15 years, compared to a composite filling which can last around 5 years. Because of their overall strength, amalgam is often used in the back of the mouth on molars, primarily where chewing occurs. It's silver appearance also is more favorable in the back of the mouth where it is less visible. Amalgam fillings are also typically more cost effective than composite fillings.
How it’s done:
First, your Waxahachie dentist will numb the area where the filling is being placed, and then remove the decayed portion of the tooth. The tooth will then be shaped in a way to accept the filling and then the amalgam will be placed. A band may temporarily be placed around the tooth at this point to help the amalgam condense quicker. Following this, the filling will be adjusted and polished so that it fits your bite naturally and comfortably. A note: you may experience some heightened sensitivity to hot and cold right after the filling is placed, and may want to avoid chewing in the area for a few hours as well. Consult your Waxahachie dentist for more information on this at your appointment.
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