Do I have to replace my silver fillings?
Dental restorations such as fillings and crowns generally have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, so it is not uncommon to have a restoration break or fall out, which would warrant a repair or replacement procedure.
Silver fillings will also break down over time due to the nature of the metal that is used to create them. Metal naturally expands and contracts with temperature changes that your mouth experiences as you eat and drink hot and cold foods or beverages. This causes the metal to pull away from your tooth and it can cause cracks, fractures, or leaking. Cracks or fractures will need repair, while leaking allows harmful bacteria back into your tooth that can result in decay. If any of these situations have occurred with your fillings, you will need to replace them.
At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, our doctors use composite resin to replace metal fillings and restore tooth decay. Composite is durable and can be bonded directly to your tooth so you won't experience the breakdown of a metal filling. Direct bonding also preserves more of your natural tooth structure.
The best part about composite is that it can be custom blended to match your existing teeth so you no longer have to live with the unsightly look of metal in your teeth. Give us a call today to learn more about dental fillings in Toronto.