Advances in Bonding Technology
Silver fillings have always been the most reliable options when repairing cracked or chipped teeth. This is true even though major weaknesses can cause the silver fillings to crack easily. Dental technology has advanced greatly and the area of bonding is not an exception. Now we have new materials and fillings that are far superior to the common silver fillings. The advancements have also given dentist the ability to create a superior bond between natural teeth and fillings. Having these advancements allows for a simple repair by your dentist of old fillings that have cracked.
Weakness in Silver Fillings
Specific weaknesses found by research in silver fillings are:
- Silver fillings are expected to crack eventually. The constant expanding and contracting of the silver in your filling happens because of temperature changes.
- Silver fillings can likely wear down around the edges over time. This wearing down can also add to the likeliness of the silver filling cracking.
- Once the silver filling does crack, it leads to more problems. The tooth is exposed and makes it possible for additional infection, tooth decay and cavities.
- Mercury can be up to 50% of the makeup of the silver filling. Once the silver filling cracks, mercury can leak from the filling and stain the teeth and gums in the area of the silver filling.
Advantages in Composite Fillings
- Composite fillings have developed through advancements in dental technology. They have become much stronger.
- Using a composite filling allows your dentist to match the shade of your natural teeth with great precision. As a result, composite fillings have a superior aesthetic appeal.
- This is a great option for replacing silver fillings that were placed years ago before they have a chance to crack and leak.
Please call Comprehensive Family Dentistry at Wexford Gardens to schedule a consultation. Allow us to help you avoid problems you may have in the future by replacing any old silver fillings with new, advanced composite fillings.