A silver amalgam filling is used to repair a tooth affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a silver filling.
Many types of filling materials are available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Amalgam fillings, along with composite (tooth-colored) fillings, are the most widely used today. An amalgam filling is more commonly used in the back teeth since the color is less aesthetic than a composite filling.
As with most dental restorations, amalgam fillings are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are durable, and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting smile.
Reasons for amalgam fillings:
- Cracked or broken teeth.