Can I Replace My Metal Fillings?

womanwonderingcurlyPatients are often curious about whether they may replace their old metal fillings. For some, this is because their dental work is quite old or damaged. For others, it is because they are unhappy with the current appearance of their smiles as a result of old restorations. Are you curious about your options for replacing your fillings with fresh, tooth-colored ones? Allow us to fill you in with some helpful advice.

The Short Answer

Yes, you may replace your metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings. If you are interested in making this change, the best first step is to schedule a consultation with us. This will allow us to become familiar with your oral health, the state of your fillings, and to make sound decisions for replacing your restorations.

What You Can Expect

We will carefully remove the metal fillings from your smile, while minimizing unnecessary exposure to mercury. We will then replace your fillings with those composed of composite – a synthetic acrylic-resin material. Because we will customize the shade of the composite, the new fillings will blend with your teeth for a beautiful, natural finish. In addition, you will no longer experience the temperature-related discomfort or sensitivity that often comes from metal restorations.

Can Anyone Receive White Fillings?

Fortunately, choosing composite fillings is appropriate for nearly all patients – this is unlike metal fillings. Metal restorations are not safe for individuals who are allergic to metal, for pregnant women, or for extremely young children. Composite, on the other hand, is free of both mercury and metal, making it a safe, reliable choice for most of our patients.