Should I Replace My Silver Fillings?

There has been quite a bit of hype about silver fillings and whether or not they can be harmful to the body. In fact, many patients are seeking to get rid of their silver fillings and replace them with the newer composite (tooth colored) fillings.

Your Walnut Creek dentist wants you to be aware of the pros and cons of each type of dental restoration to help you make the decision regarding the treatment that is best for you.

Tooth colored fillings are a more esthetic option to restoring decayed teeth.  These fillings can also be used during cosmetic bonding procedures in the front teeth. Though no filling can last forever, a composite restoration is usually expected to lasts around ten years, although some have been known to last much longer.

Silver fillings, also known as amalgam restorations, are still very commonly used. These fillings have great strength, which makes them extremely durable. Unfortunately, they are not very attractive. They also contain the much-debated Mercury, along with other metal ingredients that are not seen in tooth colored fillings. For this reason, people continue to be concerned for how this may affect their body.  Studies over the years have proven that there is no need to limit the use of silver fillings for health reasons, though they are often limited for cosmetic purposes.

If you have a large restoration that involves a large portion of the tooth, a porcelain inlay or onlay, or a dental crown may provide you with the best long-term result. These solutions also enable your dentist to design restorations that are stronger and more attractive than other options.

If you are considering replacing your silver fillings for a more esthetic appearance or for greater integrity, contact your Cosmetic Dentist in Walnut Creek today for a personalized discussion about your restorative options.