Replacing Silver Fillings
Everything wears out, and your silver fillings are no exception. They have
to endure an incredible amount of biting force each day, and as they age,
their appearance and function degrade.
Over time, amalgam fillings often absorb moisture, causing them to swell
and break away from the tooth. When this happens, your tooth is no longer
sealed and protected from decay. Food and bacteria can become trapped in
this space, enabling cavities to form.
What material will be best for restoring a worn silver
When we recommend a restoration
to replace your worn silver filling, we’ll consider both the size of the
filling and the amount of healthy tooth structure that remains. We can replace
a fairly small filling with another silver filling, but you should know that
eventually, it will probably wear out and have to be replaced again.
Silver fillings have some disadvantages that should be considered when
it’s time to replace your filling.
• Silver fillings are less
attractive than tooth-colored fillings.
• Amalgam expands and contracts in response to temperature changes in your
mouth. This can eventually cause the filling to fracture your tooth, so
a crown might be required to restore its appearance and functionality.
• Silver fillings are vulnerable to metal fatigue and will likely corrode
and leak as they age, which can cause new decay to develop underneath the
filling. The leakage can also give a gray appearance to the entire tooth.
Replacing large fillings
If your worn filling is fairly
large and less of your natural tooth structure remains, there’s an increased
likelihood that your tooth could fracture, or even break away entirely. If this
is the case, we’ll recommend a gold or porcelain onlay or crown to strengthen
your tooth and restore its function, preventing more serious problems from
arising in the future.
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