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Should You Replace Your Silver Fillings?

Amalgam fillingYou may have gotten a cavity or two or maybe a cracked tooth in your youth. As a result, you have silver fillings to help keep your teeth intact. Silver fillings are cheaper than tooth-colored composite fillings which is why you opted for the silver fillings. Now your fillings are deteriorating and you are wondering whether it is worth it to give composite fillings a chance.

Silver Fillings vs. Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings

Composite fillings do have their advantages: they look more aesthetically pleasing, are a better support for your teeth and don’t hide possible tooth decay and problems like silver fillings can.
You’ve heard that silver fillings make it difficult for dentists to identify potential dental problems hiding underneath the filling, even with the use of x-rays. Your dentist also likely mentioned that silver fillings do nothing in the way of supporting your teeth. Instead, they act as a wedge that puts pressure on your teeth that greatly increases the risks of tooth fractures and chips. You also do not like the horrible look of those silver fillings.

The benefits of the tooth-colored composite fillings surely look more appealing than the drawbacks of the silver fillings. Before you make the leap from the silver fillings to the tooth-colored fillings, it is important to assess your personal oral hygiene practices.

Dental Hygiene Is the Biggest Determiner of Which Filling is for You

Fillings in general will break down at some point whereby they need to be replaced. How well (or poorly) you take care of your teeth will either shorten or lengthen how long they will last. Tooth-colored composite fillings are costlier upfront when they are done, but when good dental hygiene is done, they can last a long time while also not causing further damage to your teeth. In essence, their cost will be evened out if you take good care of your teeth because you’ll save your teeth from future dental problems like cracking. When poor dental hygiene is practiced, your tooth-colored fillings will deteriorate quicker and will need more frequent replacing. This means more money you’ll be spending. At this point, these composite fillings may not be worth the extra investment.

Additional factors to consider when choosing a filling include:
  • The size of the cavity
  • The location of the filling (will determine the biting capacity needed)

If you are serious about the health of your teeth and are committed to good dental hygiene, then replacing your silver fillings with tooth-colored composite fillings will be a good idea to consider.

At Dental Horizons, we specialize in tooth-colored composite fillings. If you’re seriously considering making the switch from silver to composite fillings, schedule a consultation with one of our dental professionals today. We’ll be able to give your teeth an assessment and help you determine which type of fillings would best meet your dental needs.