Talking about dental procedures is often complicated. Many times, we know that we need a dental treatment, but we're afraid to ask. Also, people opining around us can make us doubtful about the decisions we make on our dental health. When we're going to inform ourselves about how to take care of our teeth, we need a source we can trust. That's why we share with you information about all dental treatments, and today we share with you about Silver Amalgam Filling.
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What Is It?
A dental amalgam is a dental filling used to fill cavities often caused by tooth decay. These dental amalgams are also known as silver amalgams because of their appearance. It is a procedure with a 150 years-old antiquity and still is one of most used methods to fill a cavity. The reason why is that silver fillings are some of the safest and durable filling materials. Whenever your dentist recommends you this alternative, you can trust that it's a procedure proven to work. But remember, you always need to count with the right dentist.
If you need to fill a cavity and you've decided to use an amalgam filling, the first step will be anesthesia. Your dentist will apply a little dose to make sure you're comfortable throughout the procedure. Afterward, your dentist will put a rubber dam in your mouth. It is just a thin piece of rubber that goes over your mouth and around the teeth where the dentist will be working. This provides a protection to the area that is not being worked on.
The next step is that your dentist will remove the tooth decay. He/she can use first a dental drill (don't be scared, you'll be in anesthesia) and then a hand instrument. After that the damaged part of your tooth is gone, it'll be time to put the filling in. The amalgam is mixed up, and your dentist will use an amalgam carrier to place it inside your tooth. He/she will make sure that there are no empty spaces left, and then you'll have to bite a carbon paper to see if the filling is too high.
And then, you're done, at least regarding the dental chair. You'll have to follow the instructions that your dentist provides you to have a successful recuperation.
After The Procedure
To have a recovery without any trouble, you need to consider the next recommendations in the days following your amalgam filling procedure:
- Your tooth may be sensible to hot and cold temperatures. This is completely normal and will cease a couple of weeks after the procedure. Take care of what you eat and drink during this time.
- After the anesthesia is gone, if you feel when you bite that the tooth where you received the filling hits first, call your dentist immediately. Your amalgam filling must not be higher that your teeth.
- The gum tissue surrounding the area of the procedure may be sore for a few days. If you feel a constant pain, ask your dentist if you can take pain-killers to reduce it.
- Avoid chewing hard foods for a few days following the procedure. If possible, try to only bite with the side that wasn't under treatment.
- If you feel any strange sensation in your filling, or if it moves, call your dentist to check it. Your amalgam filling shouldn't move or feel strange in your mouth after a few weeks of the procedure.
The most important recommendation we can give you is to get any dental treatment with someone you can trust. Sani Dental Group wants to be this someone. We work hard every day to be the best option for your dental health. Allow us the opportunity to bring the best smile in you by visiting one of our dental clinics in Los Algodones, Mexico. Give us a call, our patient coordinators are always ready to give you all the information you need. Because we want you to have the best smile, and we know how to.
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