If you peek into an elderly person's mouth, you may find a significant quantity of metal. This is commonly done with amalgam fillings. It is a metallic solution used to repair cavities and fissures in teeth. However, it goes without saying that this is not the ideal appearance for a tooth. Back in the day, amalgam fillings were popular because they were simple to apply and allowed the dentist to reassure the patient that the filling would stay. There are now amalgam-free fillings that provide many of the same benefits.
An amalgam-free filling is just a fancy way of saying composite resin filling. These fillings are the same as amalgam fillings in that the dentist is essentially gluing parts of the tooth together so that the tooth’s structure can say intact. The composite dries to the same color as your teeth, so essentially you are getting all the benefits of amalgam fillings without the clear sign that you indeed have a filling. The amalgam free filling is indistinguishable to people when you smile and laugh, and that’s why it is preferred to the amalgam filling.
The reason why folks need fillings is cavities. A dental cavity is the beginning of a bigger problem. The problem being the enamel of the tooth is degraded in an area, and the tooth is breaking down. If the cavity exposes the nerve root to the outside elements, then you could have even more issues. The amalgam-free filling is what fills in the cavity and gives the tooth the strength it needs to work as it did before the cavity.
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