A silver amalgam filling is a common solution to repair a tooth that is affected by decay or a broken cusp. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a silver filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. We can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Amalgam fillings, along with composite (tooth colored) fillings, are the most widely used today. WE DO NOT PLACE SILVER FILLINGS. The disadvantages of silver filling include the very small possibility of heavy metal exposure among others. Although silver filling has some favorable physical properties (it is fairly wear resistant), the list of negatives out weigh the positives in our opinion.
As with most dental restorations, amalgam fillings are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are durable, and can last many years.
Reasons for amalgam fillings: