In early dentistry, metal or silver tooth fillings were the only reasonable option for repairing a cavity. Also known as dental amalgam, the silver material is made up of liquid mercury or metal alloy and was either black or silver in colour. It has been around since the early 1900s and was favoured due to its easy application, durability, and strength. Many people, however, have expressed their concerns regarding using liquid mercury as a tooth filling, even though it does not have any adverse health effects
When Should You Replace Old Metal Fillings
You might be wondering why you should replace your old filling despite not feeling any pain. Here are a few common reasons to remove your old silver fillings:
- You feel soreness or find any signs of decay beneath the filling or in the tooth.
- You have a crack in the tooth, and the old filling can no longer be supported.
- If you have concerns regarding the presence of mercury in the silver filling.
- You find a space between the tooth and the filling, often caused due to pressure.
- If you are not satisfied with the appearance and want a more natural looking option.
Silver Tooth Fillings vs White Fillings
Most people are aware of the metal filling option and may have some themselves. Another viable choice is a white filling, which has the following distinguishing features:
- It is typically made of porcelain and composite materials, whereas the silver filling is made from alloys of metal and contains mercury.
- The white filling is a soft, malleable substance which gets hardened during the curing process, and can also be used to change the shape of your tooth.
- It can be used to match to the original colour of your teeth, unlike the silver filling, making it difficult to detect with the naked eye.
- Unlike the traditional metal filling, it is not noticeable when you laugh or open your mouth.
- The white filling can repair your tooth while providing you with a natural look.
Which Fillings Are Better?
The difference between silver and white fillings is apparent from the features of the white fillings. In addition to these, white fillings are also strong, resistant to staining and abrasion, and long-lasting.
Although white fillings have many advantages over the traditional silver choice, you must consult a dentist to get their opinion regarding which is the better option for your situation.
Schedule Your Visit with Us for a Professional Opinion
At Family Dental Care, we have experienced dentists who can give you an opinion on which filling choice is best suited for your tooth. We will provide you with the pros and cons of each option and consider your views in making the right choice. For more information on tooth care and filling choices, you can get in touch with our specialists by calling 613-706-1730. You can also fill out our online contact form.