Are Silver Fillings Really Silver? Your Dental Silver Filling Questions Answered

Posted on: September 15, 2018

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Looking for information on dental fillings? Good for you! When you take charge of your dental health by learning all that you can about the filling choices available to fix cavities, you are doing what is necessary to ensure your good oral health. Everyone is different and for that reason, you should be very particular when it comes to choosing your dental treatments. Ready to find out more information about silver filling so you can make an educated choice about your dental health?

Questions about dental silver fillings

The following is a list of some of the more common questions people have about silver fillings, also known as amalgam fillings, metal fillings and mercury fillings.

Question: Are silver fillings really silver?

Answer: Yes, they are. They tend to be more of a silver color when first put into a patients mouth and will slowly darken over time.

Question: Do silver fillings contain mercury?

Answer: Yes, silver fillings contain trace amounts of elemental mercury, but are mostly silver, tin and copper.

Question: How long do silver fillings last?

Answer: Silver fillings can last for up to 15 years with proper care.

Question: Are silver fillings dangerous?

Answer: As silver fillings contain trace amounts of mercury, those who are allergic to metals may experience a negative reaction. There are also some dental patients who will avoid getting silver fillings in their mouth because they want to avoid any health risks that mercury vapor may cause them.

Question: Do I need to replace my silver fillings?

Answer: It really is only necessary to replace fillings if they are no longer doing the job they are supposed to do – protecting the tooth.

Question: Can I get my silver fillings replaced with white ones?

Answer: Yes, a dental professional can remove silver fillings and replace them with white fillings, also known as composite fillings and tooth colored fillings.

More questions?

If you still have any questions about dental silver fillings, we are more than happy to help. Know that there is no question too big or too small. Our experienced team of dental professionals is more than willing to answer any questions you may have about your dental health. We believe the more you understand about good oral health, the more likely you will be to experience that good oral health. We are here for you!

Looking for dental silver fillings near the 95616 area? Call Thomas Dental Care at (530) 486-1104.


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