Amalgam restorations are used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then restored with a silver filling.
There are many types of restorative materials available, each material has their own advantages and disadvantages. We will discuss with you the best options for restoring your teeth. Amalgam (silver) fillings, along with composite (tooth colored) fillings, are the most widely used today. Amalgam fillings are most commonly used to restore back teeth. Amalgam fillings are usually placed in one appointment. Hot and cold sensitivity can be expected immediately after amalgam fillings are first placed, however this will be self-limiting and subside shortly after the tooth acclimates to the new filling.
As with all dental restorations, amalgam fillings are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable, and have the potential to last many years. Excellent oral hygiene practices (including daily effective tooth brushing and flossing), eating habits (including decreased sweets), and regular dental visits will positively affect the longevity of your new fillings.