The filling process:
- The tooth is prepared
- The material is layered
- Each layer is set with a special light
- Once the fillings are complete, it is shaped and polished to feel comfortable
Should I replace my old silver fillings?
In our practice, we have seen a lot of problems that occur beneath these old silver amalgam fillings. Usually, these problems are not easily seen from the surface of the tooth or with X-Rays and is primarily caused by decay getting below the fillings and cracks in the teeth.
We know from research that silver fillings don’t actually strengthen teeth at all. So a silver filling in a tooth basically acts like a wedge, and when you bite down on the filling the forces are transferred to the surrounding tooth structure. If the filling is close to half of the tooth there is a real chance that the tooth will crack or break.