Wade Karhan, DDS
Comprehensive General Dentistry
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Amalgam Fillings

A silver amalgam filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay.  The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with amalgam.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  We would be happy to discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.  Amalgam fillings, along with composite (tooth colored) fillings, are the most widely used today.  An amalgam filling is more commonly used in the back teeth since the color is less visually appealing than a composite filling.

Reasons for amalgam fillings:

  • Decayed teeth.

What does getting an amalgam filling involve?

First, the tooth is prepared and all decay is carefully removed.   If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection.  The silver filling will then be precisely placed and shaped, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when amalgam fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

You will be given post-care instructions at the completion of your treatment.  Proper oral hygiene, good eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.