What Is an Amalgam Filling?

What Is an Amalgam Filling?

Posted by SMILES AHEAD FAMILY DENTISTRY on Mar 29 2022, 09:44 AM

What Is an Amalgam Filling?

Dental fillings, as their name suggests, fill the hole left in a tooth after removing the decayed part. They help restore and reinforce the structure of your teeth.

Dr. Charles Monagan at Smiles Ahead Family Dentistry in Columbus, Ohio, offers a wide range of dental services and treatments. In this blog, we discuss everything you need to know about amalgam fillings.

What Is an Amalgam Filling Made From?

An amalgam filling is made from a combination of metals like mercury, tin, silver, and copper. Sometimes, other metals such as palladium or zinc are also used for making this type of dental filling.

The combination of the above metals gives the filling a silver color. Amalgam fillings are sturdier than other types of fillings and can last for a long time with proper care.

Advantages of Amalgam Fillings

Below are some of the advantages of amalgam fillings:

  • Amalgam fillings are cost-effective and durable
  • They are useful for patients with large tooth cavities
  • They are strong and long-lasting
  • They also protect the teeth from future cavities 
  • Amalgam fillings harden quickly and require less time to place

Disadvantages of Amalgam Fillings

The disadvantages of amalgam fillings are given below:

  • The silver filling can get darker with time and cause teeth discoloration.
  • The silver appearance attracts more attention. Therefore, amalgam fillings are usually preferred for the back teeth.
  • A larger portion of the tooth is removed to prepare it for the amalgam filling.
  • It might not be suitable for people who are allergic or sensitive to mercury.

How Safe Is an Amalgam Filling?

A lot of people are concerned about the mercury in amalgam fillings and their safety. Amalgam fillings release low levels of mercury vapor, but they are not considered harmful. 

The FDA has deemed the usage of amalgam fillings as reasonably safe and effective. There is no evidence to show that they can cause any adverse health effects.

To learn more about amalgam fillings and their safety, call Smiles Ahead Family Dentistry at (614) 818-9420 or visit us at 2456 Home Acre Dr, Columbus, OH 43231, for all your dental needs and concerns.

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