Silver Amalgam Filling Replacement
Why Should You Replace Silver Amalgam Fillings In My Teeth?
Honestly, most everyone knows that old silver fillings contain mercury. But many people do not realize that amalgam fillings, though durable and relatively inexpensive, have two little-known dark secrets: they darken teeth and lead to fractures.
Replace Amalgam Fillings That Darken Teeth
The picture below makes it pretty obvious that amalgam fillings darken teeth. Even so, it usually takes seeing a picture of someone’s mouth to realize just how visible the silver fillings become in a smile. These amalgam fillings can show up as grayed or darkened areas on individual teeth. Or, they can appear as shiny dark patches.
Replace Amalgam Fillings That Can Fracture Teeth
Although amalgam fillings can provide a long-lasting restoration option, they can possibly cause tooth fractures. These types of fillings are made from a mixture of metals that constantly expand and contract with temperature changes in the mouth. As a result, this micro expansion and contraction over many years can apply pressure on the surrounding tooth structure. This pressure could cause the tooth to weaken over time. And a weakened tooth is vulnerable to fractures.
Modern Restorations are Whiter and Healthier
Clients get a “double win” by removing and replacing amalgam fillings. A modern restoration brightens and corrects tooth darkening. And it also stops the expansion and contraction that contributes to weakened teeth.