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Amalgam Fillings

Silver amalgam fillings have been the most common type of filling placed for the past 100 years.  While less costly, they have become controversial due to their mercury content.  Dahm Dental will use silver amalgam by request only; however, we will never use for pregnant or nursery mothers as well as children.  Silver Amalgams are long lasting but can leave a tooth sensitive to cold.  The components of the silver amalgam fillings are as follows:  50% mercury, 34% silver, 9% tin, 6% copper and 1% zinc.  

An amalgam filling is more commonly used in the back teeth since the color is less visually appealing than a composite filling. As with most dental restorations, amalgam fillings are not permanent and may someday need replacement.  They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting smile.

Reasons for amalgam fillings:

  • Decayed teeth.
  • Broken teeth.

What does getting an amalgam filling involve?

Amalgam fillings are placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary.  The space will then be thoroughly cleansed and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.  If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, special basing materials will be applied for added protection.  The silver filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when amalgam fillings are first placed, however this usually subsides shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

You will be given post-care instructions at the completion of your treatment.  Proper oral hygiene, good eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.


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