Can Metal Dental Fillings be Replaced?

The Woodlands and Houston, TX

Metal dental fillings were the most common treatment for tooth decay for decades, but they are gradually becoming less and less common. However, if you have existing metal fillings, you may want to consider having them replaced with one of the stronger, safer, and more aesthetically pleasing tooth colored filling options.

Three Reasons to Consider Replacing Metal Fillings

There are myriad reasons to consider using tooth colored fillings to replace metal. Three of the most compelling are:

  • Metal expands and contracts with temperature changes in the mouth. Over time this allows metal fillings to fall out or, worse yet, damage teeth by expanding beyond their limits
  • Metal makes teeth look unattractive and can significantly impact the quality of a smile
  • Metal fillings contain known toxic ingredients and may increase risks for serious medical issues

There is some controversy regarding how much off gassing of toxic materials occurs when metal fillings begin to wear down. However, evidence has been significant enough to prompt the ADA to recommend against placing metal fillings in children and pregnant women. Houston dentist Dr. Scott Young believes this protection should be extended to all patients and has chosen to only offer tooth colored fillings.

If you live in the Houston area and would like to replace metal restorations with tooth colored fillings, please call Dr. Scott Young at (281) 367-5559 to schedule a consultation and learn more about your options.

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