Why Replace Metal Fillings?

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Long the standard in dental care, metal fillings are now seen as an inferior solution for addressing cavities. This has much less to do with the obvious aesthetic imperfection created by metal fillings, and nearly everything to do with their long-term functionality in comparison to modern tooth colored alternatives.

Metal fillings are packed into cavities, but not adhered to the tooth’s surface. This process not only further weakens the tooth, it provides an opportunity for the filling to fall out. Because metal expands and contracts with heat fluctuations in the mouth, losing an amalgam filling is far from uncommon. Worse yet, loose fillings often break a portion of the tooth when they fall out out – a consequence that may make dental crowns and even extractions necessary.

Beaverton family dentist Dr. Michael Negru recommends replacing metal fillings before they come loose and potentially cause additional damage. The composite fillings we offer are bonded to the surface of the tooth where they serve to protect and strengthen, and will not come loose or fall out. What’s more, our fillings are colored to match your teeth, allowing them to fit seamlessly into your smile for enhanced aesthetics as well.

If you would like more information about replacing metal fillings in Beaverton, Oregon, please contact Bright Smile Dental to schedule your appointment with Dr. Negru.

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