Amalgam Restorations

Dentists use silver fillings to “fill” the spaces in your teeth left by tooth decay — to restore teeth. A silver filling is also used to restore broken areas in your teeth, and to repair areas that have been worn down. The good thing about dental fillings is that they can be done within single visit. Dr. Toth will help you choose which type of tooth filling is best for you based on the size of the space to be filled, aesthetics, durability of dental filling materials and dental filling costs.

Amalgam fillings are usually referred to as silver fillings. Amalgam fillings are durable, easy to use, highly resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive in comparison to other materials. Dental amalgam is a stable alloy made by combining elemental mercury, silver, tin, copper and possibly other metallic elements. Although dental amalgam continues to be a safe, commonly used restorative material, some concern has been raised because of its mercury content. However, the mercury in amalgam combines with other metals to render it stable and safe for use in filling teeth.