Dental amalgam is a dental filling material used to fill cavities due to tooth decay. It has been used for more than 150 years in many millions of patients. Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, composed of liquid mercury, powdered amalgamate, silver, tin, and copper. Approximately Half of dental amalgam is elemental mercury by weight.
Dental amalgam fillings are also known as “silver fillings” due to their silver-like appearance. When placing dental amalgam, the dentist first drills the tooth to remove the decay and then shapes the tooth cavity for placement of the amalgam filling. Next, under appropriate safety conditions, the dentist mixes the powdered amalgamate with the liquid mercury to form an amalgam putty.This softened amalgam putty is placed in the prepared cavity, where it stiffens into a solid filling.
Dr. Todd Sheppard practice provides total mercury-free and amalgam-free dentistry. Restorative dentistry tries to repair or replace your natural teeth so as to return your mouth to full functional and aesthetic harmony. The restorative work can range all the way from simple fillings and crowns to more complicated root canal therapy and tooth replacement implants. Regardless of what stage of restorative care your teeth require, we will offer solutions