What can be done about old metal fillings?

  • Posted on: Nov 15 2021
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If you have older fillings from cavities in the past, you likely have metal or “silver amalgam” fillings. These fillings are extremely noticeable when you laugh, smile, and talk to others because of their dark appearance in contrast to natural white tooth enamel. At Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry of Mesa, AZ, patients with old fillings who want to have them removed and replaced will want to work with us to learn more about the benefits of composite resin fillings—a tooth-colored alternative that is best for more aesthetic results. 

What are metal fillings? 

Metal fillings are old fillings that were used in the past before more cosmetic options were available. For some patients, silver amalgam fillings, which are made of approximately 50% mercury, are not only unsightly but can have negative effects on one’s oral health. This is because mercury is a toxic substance to the human body. When heated, it can result in the release of toxins that can enter the body and cause mercury toxicity. Metal fillings can be problematic as well, especially in patients with metal allergies. 

Why choose composite resin fillings? 

Instead of having harmful or unsightly fillings with metal or silver amalgam, many patients will turn to the team at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry to determine if they should have these removed and replaced with composite resin fillings. Composite resin fillings are both attractive and safe. They also seal the tooth better and reduce the risk of bacteria entering into the tooth and causing an infection. This makes them highly desirable on top of being difficult to spot within the smile. 

What can be done about old metal fillings? 

Many patients with metal or silver amalgam fillings often approach our team to ask about replacement. We will safely remove the previous filling, prepare the tooth, and place a composite resin filling in during the same appointment. 

Restore the smile by replacing old metal fillings with composite resin fillings 

Drs. Scott LeSueuer, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro of Mesa, AZ are here to help patients in the community with their oral healthcare needs, as well as cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. Call the office today at (480) 834-6991 to request an appointment at 1056 South Val Vista Drive, Suite #1.

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