Whether you have a silver amalgam filling or a tooth-colored filling, there are situations that can arise in both that warrant replacement. Just like in other types of restorations, even tooth-colored fillings can wear out over time. Here are some common reasons why patients choose to replace a filling:
- One of the most common reasons to have a filling replaced is a cosmetic concern. A large number of patients choose to have their mercury fillings replaced with a tooth-colored composite alternative. Many consider this a safer option and it also provides a more natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance.
- There are also cosmetic reasons to consider replacing a tooth-colored filling. If you are planning on whitening your smile, then you’ll want to discuss your options with your dentist. Fillings do not change color when you whiten your teeth because they are permanently shaded a specific color. Talk to your dentist about your whitening treatment and how to match new fillings to the new color of your teeth.
- Oral Health Threat
- If your filling has leaky margins, you need to consider a filling replacement to avoid further oral health complications. A filling may form a dark stain around the edge, which could mean that bacteria and stain particles are beginning to seep into a leaky gap around your filling. New tooth decay could develop in these areas, so it is important that you let your dentist know right away.
- If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, sweets, air or pressure, it may be a sign that your filling needs attention and should be replaced. Fillings are susceptible to cracking, leaking and even falling out completely.
Many of us had cavities filled as a child, and those fillings need proper checkups as we grow older. Regular visits with your dentist can identify problems like these before you begin to see or experience symptoms. Digital x-rays and comprehensive dental exams should keep your fillings closely monitored so that you can reap the benefits of an attractive, healthy and pain-free smile for years to come!