Traditional metal fillings (also called amalgam fillings) have been used for over 150 years to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. While they look like silver, they are actually comprised of a mixture of metals, including copper, tin, silver, and mercury.
Metal fillings are known for their strength and durability. For this reason, they are a great option for rear molars and other back teeth that are used in chewing. One of their benefits is that they can last ten to fifteen years, whereas composite fillings generally last about five. They also tend to cost less. Of course, the drawback of a metal filling is that it stands out against the natural color of your teeth, so they are often not used for front and other visible teeth.
How are metal fillings placed?
Metal fillings can be fitted in just one appointment. Your dentist will first remove the decayed part of the tooth and shape the remaining tooth in such a way as that it will affectively hold the filling. Finally, the filling is molded to accurately and comfortably fit your bite, then polished to look and feel natural. Because metal fillings don’t fully harden immediately, you should eat soft foods and avoid chewing using your newly filled tooth for a few hours. Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures is sometimes experienced shortly after composite fillings are placed. However, this usually subsides after a few days.
At Epic Dental, we provide fillings that offer superior fit, function, and aesthetics. As with natural teeth, proper oral hygiene, good eating habits and regular dental visit are recommended to extend the life of your new filling.
Feel free to contact us at our dental office if you have any questions about metal fillings or to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve Norwood, Walpole, and surrounding areas.