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  • 5 April 2017

The benefits of replacing your amalgams

When we get a toothache, it is generally a sign there is a cavity in the tooth and a dentist’s intervention is required.

A tooth that has a cavity will usually result in a filling or amalgam of the cavity to prevent further decay of the tooth.

If you’ve ever had a silver amalgam, you would be aware that they need to be regularly checked to ensure the metal used in the amalgam filling hasn’t corroded over time, causing it to expand and contract.

When the metal expands and contracts, it can lead to a fracture in the tooth. A fracture in a tooth allows food, debris, saliva and bacteria to enter and cause a cavity in a filled tooth.

Dentists recommend amalgams be replaced over time to ensure:

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  • No cavities form under the fillings surface.
  • The filling does not leak or break down.
  • The remaining structural integrity of the tooth is protected.

Replacing old silver fillings as they become worn out will ensure the health of the tooth is not compromised, however each time a tooth is filled, more of the tooths natural structure is removed.

If you are experiencing any of the following, you should speak to your dentist about having your old amalgams replaced as soon as possible:

  • You have soreness or signs of decay at a tooth
  • You experience pain when biting down or
  • There is a crack to the body of the tooth

Advances in modern dentistry now see tooth coloured fillings like those used in porcelain and composite resin fillings.

These materials provide a superior bond to the tooth with minimal impact on the surrounding tooth structure.

Ace Dental on the Gold Coast can replace your old silver fillings with new, tooth coloured amalgams to ensure your teeth stay healthy well into the future.

With good oral hygiene practices and a regular preventive appointment with your dentist at Ace Dental, your new amalgams should give you many trouble-free years.

Our Gold Coast dental clinic also specialises in:

  • General dentistry
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Kid’s dentistry
  • Root canals
  • Teeth whitening
  • Teeth removals
  • Implants
  • Dentures and
  • Emergency dentistry

Call Ace Dental today on (07) 5532 3577 to speak with one of our friendly team about amalgam replacement.

We have over 7 years experience offering professional and caring dental care, tailor made to each individual patient.

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