Amalgam filling surgery is a dental filling procedure that uses amalgam as a filling material. It is a dental restoration procedure to repair decayed, broken, or chipped teeth. This is also known as silver filling surgery but the material comprises a mixture of metals including silver, copper, ti... Read More
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Amalgam filling surgery is a dental filling procedure that uses amalgam as a filling material. It is a dental restoration procedure to repair decayed, broken, or chipped teeth. This is also known as silver filling surgery but the material comprises a mixture of metals including silver, copper, tin, and mercury (50% of amalgam weight). Amalgam filling surgery is a durable and safe procedure for children above 6 years of age and adults.
Amalgam filling surgery cost in Pakistan ranges between 3500-6000 PKR. The cost for amalgam teeth fillings varies depending on the number of teeth requiring the procedure.
A dentist recommended teeth amalgam surgery;
A cavity in the root
Tooth decay (especially the back teeth)
Chipped-off dental enamel
The procedure performed by a dentist during an amalgam filling surgery includes the following steps;
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is applied to numb the targetted area. This helps reduce the discomfort and pain associated with the surgery.
Removal of decay: The dentist uses dental drills and other such instruments to remove the decay and clear the cavity for an amalgam filling.
Filling placement: The dentist mixes the amalgam material to prepare the filling. The filling is placed in the cavity and secured in place. It takes a while to adjust in the cavity.
Smoothing the teeth: The amalgam filling is polished and smoothened to make it similar to the teeth adjacent in texture and color.
Final evaluation: The dentist checks your bite and teeth adjustments to confirm that the amalgam filling is placed accurately. A painkiller or ice pack can be recommended to avoid pain and swelling after the surgery.
Amalgam filling is usually a safe procedure but a few risks and complications associated with the surgery include;
Allergic reaction due to metals
Toxicity associated with mercury
Tooth discoloration over time
Dental decay around or under amalgam filling
Contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation.
After an amalgam filling surgery;
Avoid chewing and eating hard foods for at least 24 hours following the amalgam filling surgery.
You can feel slight discomfort or sensitivity around the treated teeth for a few days.
You can also feel a sharp pain when you bite down after the surgery.
If you already have a metal restoration, pain can be caused by contact between the already existing metal and the amalgam filling.
If the swelling or irritation becomes intense, take a painkiller or apply ice packs.