What Is Dental Amalgam?

What Is Dental Amalgam?

Posted by Natural Smiles on Apr 21 2021, 01:33 AM

What Is Dental Amalgam?

A dental amalgam is a filling used by your dentist to cover tooth decay and is usually silver in color. It is typically a mixture of metals that include mercury, silver, copper, and tin. Many people choose it because it is economical and is durable. 

Because of their silver visible content, amalgam fillings have been called “silver fillings.” And though it is popularly used, one can always find certain concerns about its usage. 

What are the Advantages of Amalgam Fillings?

  • Made to be Durable 

The materials used to make this type of filling enable it withstand a lot of wear and tear. This durable filling has been known to to last around 10 to 12 years. 

  • Resists Cavities 

It has been observed that the edges of the tooth next to the fillings become more resistant to cavities. So, if you have been   getting a lot of cavities, this can be your best solution. 

  • Encourages Chewing 

Because amalgam fillings are durable, they encourage people to chew as much as they want without having to worry about breaking them. The same cannot be said about ceramic and composite fillings. 

  • Costs Less 

Many people choose amalgam fillings over other fillings because they are more affordable. This is the best option if you want to cover tooth decay without spendinghaving to spend a lot of money. 

What are the Disadvantages of Amalgam Fillings?

  • Discolors Over Time 

Usually, amalgam fillings have silver which gets darker as time passes, hence discoloring the teeth. This is one of the prime reasons why it is usually used to fill cavities in teeth at the back of the oral region. 

  • Makes Teeth Feel Sensitive 

Many people complained   about their teeth feeling sensitive after having amalgam fillings installed. Though there is no proper reason for this, scientists suggest that it might be the metal filling reacting to the varying temperatures in the mouth.

  • Weakens the Tooth 

One of the major drawbacks of amalgam fillings is that the tooth tends to become weaker after being installed with them. This is because portions of the tooth tissue have been removed to install these fillings, damaging or weakening t he  remaining teeth. 

Dental amalgams are an excellent solution to various dental problems like tooth cavities and decay. But because of their disadvantages, make sure you discuss your treatment options and their pros and cons with your dentist before getting one. 

Want to learn more about amalgam fillings? Call Natural Smiles Dental Center at (703) 595-4405 or schedule an appointment online. 

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