LOOSE THE DISCOLORED TOOTH FILLINGS FOR THESE NEWER, LIGHTER OPTIONS
Why Replace Dental Fillings
The cosmetic reasons for replacing amalgam (often referred to as “silver”) may be obvious — your smile looks better without the telltale dark spots and any associated feeling of self-consciousness goes away.
What many people don’t realize, however, is that there are also health reasons for getting new tooth restorations. While it can be easy to forget about cavities once they’re filled, the truth is that oral health threats can re-emerge as fillings weaken over time. Constant grinding and chewing will wear down any filling, and it often only takes one particularly hard or sticky food to dislodge or crack it.
The good news about getting rid of old fillings is that amalgam is no longer your only choice. As hardy and durable as this traditional mixture of silver, mercury and other metal alloys is, it has become virtually obsolete due to more discrete options such as:
- Composite Fillings: tooth-colored bondings primarily used for the front teeth
- Veneers: thin, porcelain, non-staining shells affixed to the front surface of teeth
- Crowns: complete covering for damaged teeth that a filling alone cannot repair
- Inlays or Onlays: custom composite used to replace larger fillings in molars
Your dentist may recommend one particular treatment or a varied approach, depending on the number and type of fillings needed. Rest assured, however, that the choices at your disposal lend themselves to a more natural look than that of an amalgam.
Caring for Teeth:
- Brush and floss regularly to keep the tooth’s surface clear of tough buildup
- Use a mouth guard at night to avoid unnecessary pressure if tooth grinding is a habit
- Steer clear of overly hard or sticky foods that can damage the restored tooth
- See a dentist if you notice a bad taste or dull pain that can indicate a defect or decay