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Everything You Need to Know About Amalgam Fillings

July 5, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About Amalgam Fillings

If you’re in need of a filling then it’s wise to consider all your options. There are several options when it comes to filling material, and each has both pros and cons. Silver amalgam fillings were the top choice of dentists for a long stretch but recently white composite fillings have become more popular.

When you visit California Dental Group, we’ll go over the best teeth restoration options for you but in most cases silver amalgam fillings are likely to be one of our top recommendations. They’re especially popular in cases where you’re worried about a tooth where aesthetics aren’t a concern – like a molar. It’s important to keep in mind that, as with almost all dental restorations, amalgam fillings aren’t permanent. At some point they will need to be replaced but they are very strong and durable. They should last for many years as long as they’re well taken care of.

Top reasons to get amalgam fillings

There are numerous reasons that people choose amalgam fillings but the most common are:

  • Teeth that have been worn down
  • Teeth that have significant amounts of decay
  • Teeth that have cracked
  • Teeth that have broken

What to expect when you get your filling

Every filling is different but there are a few things that are generally true about getting amalgam fillings. The first step will be for your dentist to numb your tooth and then remove the damaged material from the tooth, including decay.

We’ll then clean the area thoroughly and prep your tooth for the filling. In the event that you have decay close to the nerve of your tooth, we’ll apply a special medication that gives you additional protection from pain. We’ll then place the silver amalgam filling very carefully, shape it, and polish it. Your tooth will be restored to its original shape and you will have full function of the tooth again.

Many people experience sensitivity to hot and / or cold drinks and foods shortly after their filling. In most cases, this will go away as your tooth accepts your new filling. You’ll be given specific instructions on how to take care of your filling before you leave or offices. Generally, your after-care instructions will include following proper oral hygiene tips, eating healthfully, and getting regular cleanings and exams from your dentist. Following these care tips will ensure your filling lasts as long as possible.

Contact California Dental Group today to set up your appointment

Do you have a tooth that’s broken, decayed, or has otherwise been damaged? Are you nervous about visiting the dentist? We understand how you feel. We work with patients from all over California with a variety of oral health issues. We are a compassionate, caring, professional dental office that can handle all your dental needs. Call us today at (800) 407-0161 to set up your appointment. We look forward to helping give you a smile you’ll be proud to show off.

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