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Can anything be done about unattractive, discolored fillings?
Until fairly recently, the only available option for fillings was dental amalgam, a mixture of metals that includes mercury. However, there are now more choices when it comes to fillings, including tooth-colored fillings. Many people have chosen to have their metal fillings replaced with more realistic-looking materials to improve the look of their teeth.
Choosing to Replace Your Fillings
Although metal fillings are designed to last for many years, there are many reasons why you might choose to have them replaced. For example, you might be concerned about the use of mercury in dental amalgam. Although there is no definitive evidence that dental amalgam causes long-term issues, some people are still concerned about exposure to mercury and choose to have their fillings replaced for this reason.
Other common reasons to have fillings replaced include:
- The filling has broken or cracked
- The tooth has pulled away from the filling
- The tooth has broken or cracked
- The filling is discolored and unattractive
- The filling has developed visible wear
- The filling is visible, and you would prefer a more natural look to your smile
If your fillings crack, or if your tooth cracks or breaks, your dentist might recommend a crown, since removing and replacing a filling can cause additional damage.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings provide several advantages over their amalgam counterparts. In addition to being more aesthetically pleasing, tooth-colored fillings tend not to expand and contract when exposed to heat and cold, reducing the possibility of future fractures. Porcelain fillings can be custom-made to fit precisely in your tooth and can also be color-matched. Fillings made of tooth-colored resin bond more securely to the tooth than amalgam. Neither type is quite as durable as metal, but will still last many years if properly cared for.
If you’re unhappy with the way your fillings look, or concerned about having metal fillings for any reason, call us at the office of Dr. Parham today and talk about replacing them with tooth-colored fillings.
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