Replacement fillings – Do I need to Swap them?

Back in the olden days, it was common to find that any filling would be soon sorted out with a quick amalgam restoration, in other words either a mixed metal filling or a silver filling. Some people were even lucky enough to have a golden filling or tooth fitted.

However, as the times changed, it is now common dental procedure to use a white filling that can make it hard to distinguish between the tooth and the filling. With this invisibility cloak in place, you may be wondering if it is time for you to also update your fillings. This article will certainly assist you with this issue.

Let the Dentist Decide

Whilst you may be worried about the actual metal that was used to create your previous filling, such as mercury, sometimes it is better to allow a professional to decide when it is the right time to potentially change up a filling. To ease any worries, it is said that fewer than 100 cases occur for a mercury combined filling to cause any allergic reactions, and even then any mercury released from the filling into the mouth is very low.

For professional dental clinics and dentists, such as those at Ten Dental, it is better to leave a filling unless told otherwise, as there is a chance of the tooth or filling fracturing during the procedure, not to mention the experience can be pretty uncomfortable in general. According to Jasmine Kirsch, dental expert from the Dresden Unit of Technology, a new filling should only be applied in regards to any ‘imperfections at the margin of the filling, especially fillings with marginal cracks, clinically visible secondary caries, and a positive pain sensation in composite filled teeth.’

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The Aesthetic Option

If you are feeling self-conscious about your teeth, and you have spoken about this with your dentist, then having your fillings replaced with white alternatives can be a great way to boost confidence and help you to smile more. White fillings can now be made of glass particles, synthetic resin or even materials similar to those found in crowns. Instead of being a startling white, they are made to match your tooth colour and even can preserve the natural strength of your teeth.

However, keep in mind that they may also take around two trips to the dentist and can actually be quite expensive to be fitted; they may also simply discolour with age if not taken care of properly.

Additional Benefits

If you are feeling fancy, and potentially willing to spend a little more money, you can look into fillings that release fluoride when inserted into the teeth. Whilst they can be prone to breaking, they are practically invisible as they are made from glass ionomers, a mixture of acrylic acids and fine glass powders. Fluoride is a chemical that keeps your teeth and enamel strong, meaning that these fillings actually prevent decay. This may prove useful if you wish to avoid any negative dental experiences in the future.


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