Your teeth were made for an important job – biting and chewing your food to make it easier for you to swallow and digest it. Some teeth have it rougher than others. Your back teeth, also known as your molars have to be able to stand up to the pressure needed to chew your food. When you get a cavity on one of those teeth, you need a filling that is up to the task of handling that pressure.
Amalgam, or silver fillings are designed to do just that. They are a blend of silver and mercury and may also include zinc and copper. They are tough enough to handle chewing your food. They are inexpensive, easy to place, and with the proper care, they can last up to ten years. Because of their strength and because they don’t match the color of your teeth, they are great for filling cavities in your molars or premolars, which are not seen by other people.
If you have a tooth that needs some attention, why not talk to our dentist, Dr. Donald Kim about amalgam fillings in Vancouver, Washington? You can schedule your next visit at Vista Dental by calling (360) 356-1510 today. Let’ get started on your new smile!