If I Have Old Dark Fillings, Should I Replace Them with Composites?

If I Have Old Dark Fillings, Should I Replace Them with Composites?

Oct 10, 2018

The choice to replace dark fillings is often personal. Fillings can often become gray or dark as a result of time. However, some people prefer to have them replaced to create a more cosmetically appealing appearance. If you are considering whether or not you should go on with replacing them with composites, there are some things you should consider.

Is Your Filling Damaged or Sensitive?

Unless your filling is noticeably damaged or has suffered suffer trauma or decay, there is practically little to no reason to have it replaced. Although at times you can be prone to tooth sensitivity due to the nature of the materials and color of dark fillings (Colors and materials conduct temperatures differently). Therefore, some may end up opting for white fillings for this specific reason.

Can You Live with the Appearance?

If you for whatever reason aren’t comfortable with your fillings, they can be easily replaced with a visit to the dentist. Your dentist will replace them using composite fillings which come in a wide variety of colors for your liking.

You May Need a Stronger Restoration

When a filling is removed, there is a lot of stress that is placed on the tooth, especially if it was a metal filling. If you choose to swap out a filling, you may also require a dental crown/cap to prevent further damage to the tooth. Some may consider this a setback because of the time of recovery and the price.

You May Wish to Whiten Your Teeth First

If you have plans to whiten your teeth, make sure that is your first and foremost priority when considering a filling removal/replacement. Fillings, crowns, veneers, and bridges do not take on the shade of the surrounding teeth. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you achieve the lightest shade possible before proceeding with the filling replacement. If you plan on undergoing teeth whitening treatment, consider doing that before proceeding with restoration. Fillings, crowns, veneers, and bridges do not whiten in the same way as natural teeth. It is best to achieve your lightest shade first, so that any fillings will match that.

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