The Procedure for Placing Amalgam Fillings
Before starting the procedure, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth. This ensures that you feel little discomfort during the filling placement process. Once the tooth is numb, your dentist will use a dental drill or laser to remove the decayed portion of the tooth. This creates a clean and stable cavity ready to receive the filling.
Amalgam fillings are a mixture of different metals, including silver, tin, copper, and mercury. Your dentist will mix the amalgam material to achieve consistency before placing it in the cavity.
The mixed amalgam material is placed into the prepared cavity. Your dentist will use specialized instruments to condense and shape the filling, ensuring it fits securely within the cavity and restoring the tooth's natural shape and function. Once the filling is adjusted correctly, your dentist will polish the surface of the amalgam filling, making it smooth and restoring the tooth’s natural surface shape.
Amalgam fillings have been a standard dental restoration option for many years due to their durability and cost-effectiveness. If you have any concerns or questions about amalgam fillings or dental restorations in general, visit The Dental Spa at 141 Montgomery Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, or call (610) 664-7244.