Don’t Wait Till Its too Late To Fix It
Centennial Dental Centre is proud to serve Stony Creek, Hamilton and the surrounding area. One of the most popular items that we offer in our dental practice is Amalgam Fillings. Amalgam Fillings are one of the most common ways to fill cavities caused by tooth decay and may have been used by dentists for over 150 years. Amalgam Fillings are also commonly covered by many dental insurance plans making them one of the most affordable options available to fill teeth and for minor dental repairs. Although they may not look as presentable as composite resin fillings, they can provide you with the support and restorative properties that you need to comfortably chew and digest.
Amalgam Fillings are found in hundreds of millions of dental patients. These type of fillings are also commonly known as silver fillings and they can be easily seen because they differ in colouration from solid tooth material. Amalgam Fillings usually resemble silver pieces within teeth after the filling has been put into place. The process of using Amalgam Fillings is completely safe and has been used for well over 150 years in the dental industry. Our Hamilton dental experts and hygienists are well-versed in the placement and creation of Amalgam Fillings.
What makes up an Amalgam Filling?
Amalgam Fillings are made up of different metals including liquid mercury with a powdered alloy made of tin, copper and silver. Generally 50% of the weight of one of these fillings is made up by Mercury but they are extremely safe to use. These are strong and competitively priced fillings because the material is less expensive than other types of fillings available on the market. They provide long-lasting use and are far less likely to break than other filling materials with exception of the composite resin.
How do we place these fillings?
If you require fillings, happens that you live in Hamilton, ON and you came into Centennial Dental Centre, we have a set process to reconstruct a tooth and placing Amalgam Fillings. The first step in our process is to remove all of the tooth decay and shape the tooth cavity to accept the filling using a drill. We need to remove all of the damaged pieces of the tooth so that the decay won’t spread after we put the filling in. Our experts will then safely mix together the alloy and liquid to form the party components that we need to fill the cavity. This often material will then be placed inside the cavity where it will harden over a short amount of time to form a solid filling.
It’s important to note that after the filling takes place you can experience a bit of discomfort or sensitivity. It will take some time to get used to the filling but after just a few days you should be able to apply full pressure on the tooth and feel the support from the Amalgam Fillings when speaking, biting and chewing.