When a portion of tooth structure is lost or weakened due to decay or trauma, the dentist will provide options to restore the tooth.
For example, if the decay affects a tooth that is in an area where moisture control during placement is more difficult, then the ideal filling material may be an amalgam, also referred to as a silver filling.
This procedure begins with the removal of the decayed tooth structure.
Amalgam filling material is then incrementally packed and condensed into the cavity preparation.
Once filled, the material is then carved, shaped and burnished to match the anatomy of the tooth. The amalgam filling material requires approximately 24 hours to be fully set, after which it is ready for normal chewing function.