Metallic dental fillings : to change or not?

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Lovespain5
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Metallic dental fillings : to change or not?

#1 Post by Lovespain5 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:14 am

Hi users! I am not a metal mouth anymore but ... not entirely. I have dental fillings in metal on my first molars since a teenager. Some people adviced me to change them with white ones, because they say metallic fillings are not good for the teeth, can create root canals or could even be poisonous for the entire mouth throughout the years. My orthodontist adviced me to do as I want, and metallic fillings are not dangerous as sometimes said. Is it compulsory to change them, as they havent moved for years? Is the replacement of a filling finally dangerous for a tooth stability? Thank you.
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assertives
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#2 Post by assertives » Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:18 am

My advise is not to fix what is not broken. White fillings are very technique sensitive so if was not done properly, it can cause sensitivity. They also do not last as long as metal ones, especially on molar teeth where it takes alot of the chewing load compared to the front teeth. As for whether replacing a filling would affect the tooth, every time any filling is replaced, the tooth will loose more of its tooth structure as the dentist will need to shape the space for the new filling to be put in.

I can't really comment on whether metal fillings are bad for the mouth because I don't really know, but from what I've read, it seems people who have metal fillings do not have more health problems than those who don't.

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#3 Post by Gia » Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:10 pm

I agree with Assertives. I have had some metal fillings replaced with composite, but only after many years when the meta filling had to be replaced anyway. My metal fillings are probably 30 years old at least, and I've already had to have composite replaced after about 10. I haven't had any negative effects otherwise. My understanding is that the research on the danger of metal fillings is quite controversial and not well supported in the dental research, more by holistic practitioners. Aesthetically, I like not seeing the big silver fillings.

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#4 Post by kplatt2010 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:30 am

I agree with both Assertive and Gia regarding leaving it be. Composite is not as strong as the old amalgam. Yes it has trace mercury in it but I've had mine for 40 years. One of my deep composite fillings; that was previously amalgam, cracked and I had to get a crown and then eventually a root canal.

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Re: Metallic dental fillings : to change or not?

#5 Post by Lovespain5 » Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:16 am

Thank you for your advice guys! I will stay with my amalgams until getting new cavities in the molars.
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#6 Post by EmilyTravels » Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:44 am

From what I read, amalgam fillings expand ever so slightly over time, and this expansion can cause cracks in the teeth, resulting in sensitivity. I had several old, large amalgam fillings from when I was 12 years old do this when I was in my 20s and 30s. As a result, I eventually had to have every tooth with an amalgam filling crowned, and a couple required root canals as well.

I wouldn't replace them just as a matter of course, because even grinding them out, some mercury is released. Better leave them where they are unless you start having tooth sensitivity or really hate the way they look is my opinion.

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Re: Metallic dental fillings : to change or not?

#7 Post by Navygrrl » Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:30 am

I'm late to the party, but I'm with everyone else and say leave them unless the filling is causing you problems. I have a rather large filling on my bottom left molar, and my last dentist told me that I would need to have it replaced, and that I'd also need a crown because of how large the filling is. She also said I had a cavity. My current dentist looked at me like I was crazy when I told her that. So, no need to replace the filling, and I also didn't have a cavity.

I'm kind of wondering now if my son actually needed 8 cavities filled with the other dentist, but then he ate a lot of candy and was a typical teenager, so probably that was legit.

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