Silver Fillings (RD)
One of the most common ‘restorative treatments’ in dentistry are fillings. Silver fillings, also known as amalgam fillings are used to restore the functionality when a part of tooth is broken or damaged due to decay and trauma. It is an alloy that is made with materials such as Mercury, Zinc, Tin, Copper and Silver.
Nowadays, the demand for Amalgam filling are declining as patients opt for tooth coloured fillings.
Benefits of Silver Fillings
There are several reasons that dentists choose to use silver fillings. These are:
- Silver fillings are cost-effective compared to white fillings.
- It can withstand grinding and chewing, making it an extremely durable material for fillings.
- Often recommended for molar teeth.
- Silver fillings have longer lifespan compared to white fillings.
The procedure for Amalgam (silver) filling consists of a few steps:
- Local anaesthesia is administered around the damaged tooth to numb the area that requires treatment.
- The tooth is cleaned thoroughly, so there are no food particles, debris or tartar lodged between the teeth.
- The tooth is prepared and shaped to accept the amalgam by mechanical retention rather than being bonded or cemented.
- A band can be placed around the tooth, depending on the size of the filling. This is done so that the filling can hold into place.
- The Amalgam is packed into the effected tooth and carved in to the correct shape.
- Amalgam hardens within a few minutes, however it requires 24 hours for it to set completely.
For more details about silver fillings and restorative dentistry book a consultation with us on (02) 9477 6408.
“There is always a risk for any surgical or invasive procedure. Hence, before proceeding, we recommend you to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.”