Mercury Amalgam – An Inexpensive and Safe Cavity-filler!
We always have an excuse to indulge our sweet tooth. All the sugary drinks and delicious sweet treats tempt our taste buds. But what if you’re starting to get a bit of toothache and you visit your dentist. Ah, that dreaded c-word - cavity! That’s the last word you want to hear from your dentist! But here it is. Your dentist may opt to drill the rotten part out and an amalgam filling may be used to plug the gap.
Let us take a closer look at what exactly they are and what they are made of. Mercury amalgam fillings are also known as ‘silver’ fillings because the fillings are silver in color. The silver-like appearance is attributed to the mixture of various metals. Generally, these fillings are a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and copper, where mercury acts as a binder for the other metals. You may wonder why mercury is used in the amalgam filling. It is because it makes the filling material pliable. The metals are carefully mixed in the right proportion to guard against “free” mercury molecules, which could pose a health risk. It is important to note that fears about its mercury component have proved unfounded and it continues to remain as a common cavity filler!
What makes dental amalgam fillings superior over the other fillings? Dental amalgam is preferred over the other fillings mainly because of two reasons: cost and durability. Yes, they are less costly than other filling materials. It also holds up better over time to withstand the pressures of chewing. Besides durability and cost-effectiveness, dental amalgam is biocompatible, meaning - it rarely causes an allergic reaction in the user. Above all it can be placed in a jiffy making it a convenient choice for kids and people with special needs.
Though a number of tooth-colored fillings are in vogue, dental amalgam fillings remain the safe, affordable and effective restorative material. Low cost, ease of application, high resistance to wear and biocompatibility has made amalgam fillings a “restorative method of choice”. If you have a cavity that needs filling, amalgam fillings at our SafeCare network dental clinics will do a perfect job! Remember, amalgam fillings could even last a lifetime. Call 044-40510510 and schedule a free dental filling consultation now!