Metal Free or Tooth Coloured Fillings?
Why Metal Free Fillings?
Tooth Colored Fillings ?
It adheres to your tooth and so requires only the decayed and diseased part of the tooth to be removed. This makes it more durable and aesthetic and creates a very natural looking result.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
When cavities grow and involve large parts of the tooth, we need to use treatments and materials which will be strong enough to replace the decayed tooth as well as protect and strengthen the remaining tooth.
Dental Inlays and Onlays are restorations we use for large cavities.
An inlay is placed within the tooth surface, ie between the cusps. It does not extend beyond the edges of the tooth. While an onlay on the other hand replaces a part of the edges or cusps of the teeth.
Inlays and Onlay are made indirectly outside of the mouth. They can be fabricated from either Composite or ceramic materials and they blend seamlessly into the teeth. They and are shaped and sized to replicate the part of the tooth they are replacing. Since they are bonded in place, they do not require a lot of removal of enamel and this enable us to protect and strengthen the tooth further.
Should I get my Silver Fillings replaced?
As silver fillings age, they expand and cause stresses in the teeth which result in small cracks which are not visible. However, over time and as you continue to use your teeth to chew, these cracks spread and grow within the teeth. This happens slowly and gradually, and you may not notice or feel any symptoms at the start. However, if left unchecked the tooth crack could spread deep enough to start creating sensitivity in the tooth and eventually cause the tooth to break.
So to answer the question, yes you should get your silver fillings replaced unless they are very small.