When Should I Get an Amalgam Filling Replaced (What Age)?

Moore Family Dentistry, located in Garner, NC provides patients with exceptional dental care to ensure you maintain optimal levels of oral health for years to come!

Cavities are quite common. In fact, if you’re between 24 and 65 years old, you’ve probably had at least one. If you’re over 30 and have had a cavity filled, chances are good that it was an amalgam filling. Back in the day, amalgam fillings were your only option.

In most cases, amalgam fillings last for 12 years. However, some of them may need to be replaced after only five years. This is particularly true if teeth grinding and other conditions that weaken the filling are present.

Tooth Colored Fillings: The Ultimate Replacement

If you need to get an amalgam filling replaced, Dr. Moore will likely recommend a tooth colored filling. Due to dental advances in the Garner and Raleigh area, our office is able to offer tooth colored fillings that match the enamel of your other teeth. Unlike amalgam fillings, they don’t offer a dark appearance. In fact, tooth colored fillings can blend in seamlessly with your other teeth. Nobody will know you have them in unless you tell them. Our great friend Brian Levitin, a Lakewood, Colorado dentist, has reported that he is seeing more young patients with tooth coloring fillings which is music to our ears.

Reasons to Say Goodbye to Amalgam Fillings

While amalgam fillings are still deemed safe by the American Dental Association and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there are a number of reasons you may want to get rid of them. Here are a few.

  • Limited Lifespan: Since an amalgam filling is packed into an area of your tooth, it won’t last forever. It may wear away over time and expose areas where bacteria can grow and lead to tooth decay.
  • Mercury is Questionable: There is a potential health risk of mercury, which can be found in amalgam fillings. Give yourself some peace of mind and go without it.
  • Tooth Colored Fillings Add Strength: Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings bond directly to your tooth. This allows the tooth and filling to work together and strengthen your tooth.

Interested in Tooth Colored Fillings? Contact Moore Family Dentistry

If you believe you may benefit from tooth colored fillings, don’t hesitate to reach out to Moore Family Dentistry today. Call our Garner, NC dental office at 919-772-1811 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

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