Amalgam (silver filling), the most thoroughly researched restorative material, is durable and easy to use. It is also relatively inexpensive when compared to other materials. It remains a valued treatment option for dentists and their patients.
Questions linger about the safety of dental amalgam stemming from its mercury content. The major U.S. and international scientific and health bodies, including the National Institute of Health, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Center for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, and the World Health Organization have been satisfied that dental amalgam is a reliable, effective, and safe restorative material.
Amalgam fillings can withstand very high chewing loads. They are particularly useful for restoring molars in the back of the mouth. Because amalgams are moisture resistant, they are useful in situations where a cavity preparation is difficult to keep dry during the filling replacement. Amalgam fillings are well tolerated by patients with only rare occurrences of allergic response.
Disadvantages of amalgam include possible short-term temperature sensitivity. The silvercolored filling is not as natural looking as one that is tooth-colored, especially when the restoration is near the front of the mouth and shows when the patient laughs or speaks.
Ask our dental professionals here at All People Dentistry about this durable, and affordable option.
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