Posted on 04 May 2022
Silver fillings, also referred to as amalgam fillings, were once the only method to repair decayed teeth. Now, dentists use tooth-coloured composite fillings which bond to the tooth and help to reinforce the structure, unlike the old silver fillings.
- Your dentist will examine your silver fillings during a check-up to make sure they free from damage.
- It is unlikely that your dentist will recommend removal of silver fillings unless there are signs of wear or damage to the filling or tooth.
- Your dentist will discuss a different type of composite filling if a silver filing does need to be removed.
While there are numerous advantages in having modern, tooth-coloured composite fillings, it is safer to leave the old silver fillings -- unless they are chipped, cracked or damaged in some way. Regular check-ups allow your dentist to monitor their condition.
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