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Metal Filling Replacement: Why have your fillings replaced?


Despite recent internet hype, metal fillings, including those with mercury in them, do not pose a health risk. The dental amalgam is a stable metal alloy that is approved by the American Dental Association. Nonetheless, many people choose to replace their metal filling for quite a few strong reasons. These include, but are not limited to:

Aesthetics: Many people find the dark spot created by a metal filling unattractive, and prefer to replace it with a more natural tooth-colored material.

Cracking: Metal fillings do not bond as well to teeth as newer materials. Bite forces may be transferred from the filling into the tooth, leading to cracking over time.

Decay: Since metal fillings do not bond well, decay can occur beneath the filling.

X-rays: Metal fillings can block dental X-rays, making it tough for your dentist to see emerging tooth decay until it is fairly extensive. Tooth-colored fillings do not have this problem.

Metal dental fillings are considered a safe alternative to modern tooth-colored materials. However, they do have some specific drawbacks. Your dentist will carefully examine your mouth and help you decide whether to replace your metal fillings.

Married dentists Chad and Alexandra Schnabel welcome you to Savannah Dental Solutions. From caring children’s dentistry to high-tech cosmetic procedures and even full-mouth reconstruction, we blend the latest technology with traditional customer-oriented values. To start your journey to better oral health, call us today at (912) 354-1366.