Amalgam has been used as a dental filling for over 150 years and considered safe by the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs. It’s comprised of mercury, silver, tin, copper, and other metals and offers a number of benefits.
First and foremost, it’s simple to use and manipulate. Amalgam also allows for longer-lasting restorations than alternative options. In addition, amalgam fillings are biocompatible, meaning their patients tolerate them very well and the risk of allergic occurrences is rare. The main disadvantage of amalgam fillings, however, is that they’re not as natural as tooth colored options, especially when they’re applied in the front of a patient’s mouth.
Here’s what you can expect from the procedure: Dr. Moore will numb your tooth and remove any decay. Then, he’ll thoroughly clean the affected area and prepare the tooth before placing the amalgam filling. Lastly, he’ll place, shape, and polish the filling so that your tooth is restored back to its original function and shape. Our Midlothian, VA dental friends at River Run Dental have told us that more and more 30 and 40 year old patients are coming in with Amalgam Fillings and are looking for restoration. If you are in this position, contact us today.
While you may notice a bit of sensitivity when he places the filling, it will subside quickly once your tooth gets used to it. After the procedure, Dr. Moore will give you detailed post-care directions. You’ll find that good oral hygiene, healthy eating, and regular visits to our office can extend the life of your new filling and keep your teeth healthy for years to come.
It’s important to note that tooth colored fillings are another viable treatment option we offer. Once you visit our office, Dr. Moore can discuss the pros and cons of amalgam filling restorations vs. tooth colored restorations to help you determine the ideal choice for your unique situation.
Contact Moore Family Dentistry
If you have further questions about amalgam restorations, we encourage you to contact Moore Family Dentistry in Garner, NC today. Call us at 919-772-1811. We look forward to hearing from you!