Many patients come to Dr. Motaref wanting to upgrade their silver fillings. They want their old metal fillings removed and substituted with tooth colored fillings. You can see side-by-side examples in the photo to the left of bonded white fillings vs. metal amalgam fillings. People often cite esthetic and health concerns about their metal fillings. It’s correct that the esthetics of a smile can be significantly improved with a far more natural, tooth-colored restoration. In addition to this, there are lots of reasons that explain why it’s smart to upgrade to a tooth colored porcelain restoration or a resin composite filling.
Everything wears away, and your silver fillings are no exception. They withstand stress-filled and heavy biting forces every day, and as they get older, they will split, leak and can also cause damaging fractures in the teeth. With time, metal amalgam fillings have the ability to absorb water, causing them to swell and even break free from the teeth. When this happens, your tooth is more at risk of decay and sensitivity.