Your Smile Wish: To replace silver fillings for mercury free fillings.
Amalgam ( silver) fillings may last for many years before they need to be replaced. Some amalgam fillings look unsightly due to their grey color. You may want to choose to replace them with tooth-colored ( mercury-free ) fillings for esthetic reasons. It is also important to know that as amalgam fillings age, they develop cracks that serve as an entrance for bacteria, leading to your teeth developing recurrent cavities. Cavities do not hurt, but left untreated they can result In the need for a root canal. Worn amalgam fillings should be replaced to prevent cavities and cracks, that can ultimately lead to more complicated and expensive treatment.
Solution for replacement of smaller old amalgam fillings: To replace with a tooth-colored (mercury-free) filling. This type of a filling will closely mimic the color of your tooth and look natural.
Solution for replacement of extensive old amalgam fillings: Porcelain (metal free crowns)
A crown ( or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (metal-free ) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years. Porcelain crowns (metal-free) can correct damaged fillings and strengthen your existing teeth while making the teeth look natural.
If you would like a consult to help you decide if your amalgam fillings should be replaced , please come and see us.
Wishing you health and happiness,