Amalgam as a Durable Filling Material

Posted May 30 2017

When a chip or cavity forms on one of your teeth, it can cause discomfort and heighten sensitivity. Attempting to live with the distress tooth in its untreated state can prove to be a serious error. New decay could develop in the tooth, or existing decay could spread to compromise the tooth’s pulp.

In a situation like this, you should not delay in seeking treatment at Dr. Michele S Tratos’s dental office here in Las Vegas, Nevada. If the compromised area of tooth enamel is small, she may be able to repair it with a standard filling.

Dr. Michele S Tratos will first need to examine the tooth and take some x-rays to make sure the sensitive internal structures of the tooth are able to withstand the use of a procedure. Then she will use a drill to carefully prepare a smooth surface for the filling to bond with the tooth. The material she recommends for the filling will be based on its location and prevalence in your smile.

Amalgam fillings are typically dark in color, making them less of an ideal choice to repair a cavity appearing in your smile. However, they are known to be very durable, making them a better choice to repair a compromised area of a molar or premolar. These teeth, in the back of your mouth are commonly called upon to perform a significant amount of chewing and grinding.

Composite resin can be adjusted to match your teeth in those appearing in front. After applying the filling, Dr. Michele S Tratos will use a dental-grade ultraviolet light to harden it and secure the bond with the surrounding tooth enamel.

If you have a cavity or a chip on one of your teeth, call our office at 702-369-8730 to have it diagnosed and repaired. Dr. Michele S Tratos’s dental office here in Las Vegas, Nevada will be happy to provide service for you and your smile.