Do we replace silver fillings

 

Do we replace silver fillings?

We look at each tooth individually to see if it’s structurally and physically sound enough to withstand the day-to-day biting pressures of eating and chewing. A lot of the teeth that we see have old silver fillings. A lot of times those fillings are getting breaks in them, they’re getting cracks in them, they’re getting gaps between the filling and the tooth if that’s the case then that’s the time to replace those restorations. There’s some great materials out there now that we can use to replace silver fillings that don’t have mercury in them. There’s composite that’s tooth colored restorations, there’s porcelain that’s as strong as the enamel we’re replacing, so there’s some great alternatives to silver fillings that we’re using nowadays.

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