Should I replace my amalgam fillings?

This decision is ultimately up to you.

Many of our patients report being unhappy with the appearance of their amalgam fillings, especially after a period of time. Over time, they may begin to darken your entire tooth and become unsightly. For people with large smiles, even the back fillings may cause them self-consciousness when smiling.

Multiple studies have shown that despite containing mercury, amalgam fillings pose no health risk. On the other hand, amalgam fillings can leak, and metal fillings expand and contract slightly with heat changes, which can lead to the filling becoming loose, fall out, or even causing cracks in the teeth.

If your amalgam fillings are breaking down, they may even cause an unpleasant taste in your mouth. They can also make your teeth more sensitive to temperature and sweets.

Whatever your decision is regarding your amalgam fillings, Drs. Smith and Domingue are highly skilled in replacing your old amalgam fillings with new durable and attractive composite fillings that match your teeth and enhance the beauty of your smile.

If you are concerned about the condition of your fillings or are interested in replacing metal fillings with tooth-colored composite fillings, please give our Acadiana dental office a call today. We look forward to helping you make the best decision possible regarding your dental health.
 

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