Do My Old Fillings Need Replacing?

Is it necessary to replace your metal “silver” fillings? According to the American Dental Association, “Dental fillings may last many years; however, eventually all fillings need to be replaced. Constant assault from eating and drinking, or stress from clenching or grinding, eventually may cause a dental filling to fail.” smile 200

There’s no conclusive evidence that the mercury in “amalgam” (the silver, copper, tin and mercury mixture of silver-looking fillings) is harmful. So we don’t necessarily recommend removing metal fillings unless they have started to wear away, chip or crack, which can allow for the entrance of harmful bacteria.

For the most natural filling replacement option, Williamsburg Dental suggests you consider “white” composites designed to match the color of your teeth. Popular since the late 1990’s, these more aesthetically appealing composite resin fillings are durable enough for small-to-mid-sized restorations.

Still not sure? Your Williamsburg Dental professional will be happy to review your options with you if you require a filling during your next visit. Just ask!