Replacing Old Silver Fillings:
Improving Tooth Appearance and Health
What is amalgam or silver fillings?
Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper. Approximately 50% of dental amalgam is elemental mercury by weight. Dental amalgam fillings are also known as “silver fillings” because of their silver-like appearance.
Solutions for Replacing Amalgam Silver Fillings
Amalgam (silver) fillings were very popular not long ago, but advances in dentistry show that composite (white) fillings are a better option. Composite fillings are healthier for your body, healthier for the tooth, and blend flawlessly with your natural teeth. A composite filling can sometimes replace an amalgam filling. Other times, your dentist may place a porcelain crown to add strength to the tooth and give a more aesthetically pleasing look.
Replacing Old Silver Fillings:
We complete almost all composite fillings in just one appointment. The process includes thoroughly numbing your tooth, cleaning out any decay, possibly applying a special medication for added protection, then placing and shaping the composite to look like an improved version of your original tooth that fits your current bite.
Porcelain Crowns: Two Trips for a New Tooth
We recommend porcelain dental crowns for teeth that are too damaged to be repaired with a filling. A dental crown covers your entire tooth to correct misshapen, crooked or damaged teeth that need more than a thin veneer. This porcelain crown will look exactly like your tooth prior to the damage and will blend flawlessly with the rest of your teeth.
We complete your dental crown in two steps. During the first appointment, we’ll take impressions to create a custom porcelain crown at an offsite dental laboratory. We make a temporary crown in-house during your appointment and apply that while we wait for your permanent crown to arrive in approximately two weeks. At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown will be placed and the doctor will make sure it fits with your current bite, and then it will be permanently cemented on.
Who should consider removal of amalgam silver fillings?
- Expecting moms
- Young children
- Patients who have recurrent decay and/or defective margins around their dental amalgam fillings
- Patients who have 8 or more dental amalgam fillings
- Patients who have exhibited an allergy or sensitivity to dental amalgam (lymphocyte proliferation test)
- Patients who have bruxism (grind their teeth)
- Patients who consume high quantities of acidic foods and carbonated beverages.
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