Amalgam Fillings

Used by dentists for more than a century, dental amalgam is the most thoroughly researched and tested restorative material among all those in use. It is durable, easy to use, highly resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive in comparison to other materials. For those reasons, it remains a valued treatment option for dentists and their patients.

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.

While questions have arisen about the safety of dental amalgam relating to its mercury content, the major U.S. and international scientific and health bodies, including the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization, among others have been satisfied that dental amalgam is a safe, reliable and effective restorative material.

Because amalgam fillings can withstand very high chewing loads, they are particularly useful for restoring molars in the back of the mouth where chewing load is greatest. They are also useful in areas where a cavity preparation is difficult to keep dry during the filling replacement, such as in deep fillings below the gum line. Amalgam fillings, like other filling materials, are considered biocompatible—they are well tolerated by patients with only rare occurrences of allergic response.

Disadvantages of amalgam include possible short-term sensitivity to hot or cold after the filling is placed. The silver-colored filling is not as natural looking as one that is tooth-colored, especially when the restoration is near the front of the mouth, and shows when the patient laughs or speaks. And to prepare the tooth, the dentist may need to remove more tooth structure to accommodate an amalgam filling than for other types of fillings.

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Very friendly staff! The dental hygienist Judith was wonderful - she's precise, efficient, and really took her time not only cleaning my teeth, but also explaining what she was doing and what I could be doing better to maintain maximum oral health. The dentist who checked my teeth was also very efficient and did not seem rushed at all. She took the time to listen to a concern I had and made sure to address it with me right then. What a great team!

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Dentist Dr. Dulan extracted a tooth after I went to another dentist who said I needed an oral surgeon dr. Dulan extracted my tooth in less than I minute without pain. I would recommend spectrum dental and Dr. Dulan made a usually frightening experience one that was painless and easy. I used to dread going to the dentist but Dr. Dulan made it a breeze. I would highly recommend them.

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Wonderful service. Actually looking forward to my next visit.

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I left the dentist office a few minutes ago. I had a nice experience. The staff was kind and caring and the dentist was very professional. Everyone was very welcoming and the overall positivity made me feel comfortable. It was my first time at this dentist office and I was able to get done what I came in for plus a cleaning too.

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In a world where customer service and quality of service seems to be a thing of the past. I am here to TRULY say, my experience at Spectrum Dental yesterday was totally the opposite. I was treated like a kid as if it was all about me and the things that would make me happy and feel comfortable. I have to admit, I am a big kid when it comes to dental work. Dr. Dulan and her assistant made me feel like. I could have gone through open heart surgery and all she did was stuck me a couple of times to numb me. My point is that, they were not only gentle they were very genuinely caring. For that, I am so very grateful! You have to be good, no, great to convince me that it's okay to get a needle. Thank you for making my visit a pleasant one. You guys are the BEST!!!!!!!!!!! Rodney

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I visit twice a year for exrays and cleaning. Judith, the hygients does an amazing job overall. If you have a fear of going to the dentist after one visit you wouldn't have any fears no more.Customer service is great . Very little wait time and once your done you can't help but to smile every chance you get.

Willie Harris

Dr. Collier and her associates have been our family dentist for about 15 years. Her staff is always professional and friendly and since we have been regular patients for so long, they even ask about my sons when they are not with me. She said either she was good or I was tired. I recommend Spectrum Dental highly and look forward to this practice always servicing our family's dental needs.

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Initially went to another dental office who attempted charge me a huge fee and appeared unwilling to work with existing dental coverage. Spectrurm Dental took time to talk to me, worked with my insurance provider, and developed a plan to deal with a complicated dental procedure. The oral surgeon was also present at the time of extraction in case the post could be implanted on the same day. The post will be implanted later but it was nice to see that they covered all bases.

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