At some point in our lives, most of us will get a cavity. In most cases, a cavity calls for your dentist to remove the decay and to fill and restore that area. There have been a number of advances in the field over the past few years. If you’re one of the lucky ones and haven’t had a cavity for a while, you should read on what treatment options are available in the event you should ever get a filling.
Most of us have had amalgam fillings (silver) or gold filling restorations. Some amalgam fillings have been called mercury fillings, as many of them contained mercury. Metal fillings were effective but were very noticeable and tended to blacken in color over time.
Composite resin dental fillings were created as an alternative to traditional metal fillings. Composite fillings are tooth colored fillings made to look like a natural tooth. Composite resin dental fillings are strong, durable and make for a very natural-looking smile.
If you have a cavity in a tooth, broken fillings, mercury fillings or amalgam fillings, this type of dental filling is well worth discussing with your dentist. Mercury fillings or amalgam fillings can easily be removed and replaced with far more attractive fillings. Composite resin fillings will also strengthen your tooth well beyond the level of amalgam fillings.
Composite resins may also be used to enhance the appearance of any tooth, as well as strengthen and improve the natural tooth structure.
Dental amalgam is a dental filling material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. It has been used for more than 100 years in hundreds of millions of patients. Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin and copper. Approximately five percent of dental amalgam is elemental mercury by weight. Dental amalgam fillings are also known as “silver fillings” because of their silver-like appearance. When placing dental amalgam, the dentist first drills the tooth to remove the decay and then shapes the tooth cavity for placement of the amalgam filling. Next, under appropriate safety conditions, the dentist mixes the powdered alloy with the liquid mercury to form an amalgam putty. This softened amalgam is placed in the prepared cavity where it hardens into a solid filling.
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