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What Is an Amalgam Filling?

Posted on 11/15/2023 by Weo Admin
3D rendering of three teeth each with a different dental filling material: composite, amalgam, and goldIs this the first time you are hearing about amalgam filling? Read on as we explore more about this fascinating world of dentistry. We are to discuss their composition, concerns, benefits, and alternative options. Let us dig into it!

What it is

Amalgam fillings are also known as silver fillings due to their silver-like appearance. This dental restoration method is trusted by dentists worldwide for more than a century. A dental amalgam is a filling material used to fill the cavities caused by prolonged tooth decay.

What it is made of

It is a blend of metals consisting of powdered alloy and liquid mercury. The powdered alloy is composed of copper, silver, and tin. This unique mixture allows it to have exceptional durability and longevity. Approximately 50% of the amalgam is made of mercury, allowing it to bond with other metals to form an amalgam.

How it is done

A dental amalgam procedure is done by a trained dentist. The dentist drills the tooth to extract the decayed part. The tooth is reshaped to allow the fitting of an amalgam filling. After this, the dentist alloys with mercury to form a putty. The softened amalgam putty is placed in the prepared tooth where it hardens and forms a solid fitting.

Benefits of dental amalgams

These fillings offer a wide range of benefits. This makes them a popular choice when it comes to dental restorations. Dental amalgams are highly durable. They can withstand eating and chewing forces for many years. Additionally, they are cheap compared to composite resin fillings. The presence of mercury in amalgam fillings has caused some health concerns. It has been proven through research that they are safe for human use. With this information about amalgam fillings, you can reach out to us for dental reconstructions today.

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