Why Should I Replace My Silver Fillings?

Replace Silver Fillings with Composite Fillings - Troy, DentistSilver fillings, also known as amalgam fillings, have been the standard for repairing cavities for many, many years. They have proven to be reliable and provide an inexpensive way to resolve dental decay. However, since the mid-1990s, composite fillings have become more and more popular due to their tooth-colored look and concerns about the mercury in silver fillings. If you have old, silver fillings here are some reasons to have them replaced.

Cosmetic Aesthetics

When you get down to it, silver fillings just don’t look good. If you have a lot of silver fillings, you may be tired of looking at the sliver in your smile. The silver can also make a healthy tooth look grey or black in places. This can be especially uncomfortable if you have a filling on a front tooth. Many people choose to replace silver fillings for cosmetic reasons and to have a whiter, more attractive smile.

Mercury Concerns

Many patients ask to have their silver fillings removed due to their concerns about mercury. Amalgam fillings contain a small amount of mercury that helps them to be pliable in the tooth. As more and more research is done on the effects of mercury, it becomes more of a concern for patients to have silver fillings, and the small amounts of mercury in their mouth.

Dental Health Reasons

  • Your silver filling is leaking – A silver filling that is leaking isn’t quite how it sounds. In most cases we notice that the filling is separating from the tooth, which can cause “leaking.” A filling that separates from the tooth can cause food, drink, saliva and bacteria into the tooth. This can cause additional damage to the existing filling or cause new decay in the tooth.
  • There’s a cavity under your filling – This is usually the result of a filling that has leaked and caused bacteria under the filling. A cavity is no laughing matter. If we find a cavity under your filling, we will recommend the filling be replaced as soon as possible.
  • Your tooth is cracked – Sometimes, your filling can expand or shift, causing cracks in your tooth. If your tooth is showing cracking, it’s probably a good idea to have your filling replaced. Using a composite filling, the cracks can be filled and can help strengthen your tooth.

Keep in mind, replacing silver fillings is not always as simple as taking the silver out and putting composite in. Many times the solution may be more complex than just a new filling. As your dentist, we will examine your teeth and suggest the right plan of care for your whole smile.

For More Information on Silver Fillings Contact  Troy, Michigan Dentist – Dr. Paul Mansky

If you have old silver fillings that need to be replaced or are just tired of having a smile full of silver, you may find it nice to have new, tooth-colored composite fillings instead. If you have questions about your fillings or want to know if your silver fillings should be replaced, Dr. Mansky and his knowledgeable dental staff are here to answer all of your questions. For an appointment, call us today at (248) 689-5508.  Dr. Paul Mansky’s Dental Office is located in Troy, Michigan.