Why Replace Metal Fillings?

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

Thu, 06/19/2014

Metal fillings can make teeth look dingy and unbecoming, and may even interfere with your willingness to show your smile. If you are embarrassed by the appearance of metal restorations, replacing them with tooth colored fillings can help restore confidence. However, aesthetics are far from the most pressing reason to consider replacing metal fillings.

Tooth Damage

Metal fillings are packed into teeth – a process that requires the removal of a large amount of enamel. This means that the simple act of placing metal fillings further compromised the structure of a tooth.

Metal fillings are not heat stable. As temperatures fluctuate in the mouth, metal fillings expand and contract – a process that can crack or break teeth compromised by the initial placing of fillings. Metal fillings can also come loose or fall out, potentially damaging additional teeth.

By contrast, tooth colored fillings are bonded to the surface of the tooth, preventing their coming loose or falling out. They do not change sizes with temperature fluctuations, and they are better able to provide long-term protection to teeth impacted by decay. Tooth colored fillings are also shaded to match teeth in color, allowing them to fit seamlessly into your smile and restore both strength and beauty.

If you would like to discuss replacing metal fillings with our experienced Clovis dentist, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today. Dr. Miyake serves patients living in Clovis and surrounding areas from our conveniently located Fresno office.