For over 150 years the standard dental treatment has been to use amalgam fillings. Generally, patients who need amalgam fillings are afflicted with cavities and other sorts of tooth decay.
These amalgam fillings have been a part of dentistry for more than a century because they’re an easy procedure to perform, the materials are cheap, and the patient walks out of the office the same day with the peace of mind that their issue has been addressed.
Amalgam fillings are made of mercury along with another metal. These metals are then bonded to the area in the tooth that has experienced decay. On average, fillings last from 10 to 12 years, although it’s not uncommon for fillings needing replacement in half the time.
The advantage – fillings can be completed in under an hour and you experience instant relief from the painful symptoms associated with tooth decay such as cavities.
Furthermore, it should also be noted that amalgam fillings are the cheap alternative and require less time spent at the dentist office than nearly any procedure!
If you have fillings that need replacement or are experiencing symptoms that a filling may alleviate, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!