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Decay Under Old Fillings Does Happen

Your 15-year-old silver amalgams are not something to be proud of. In fact, old fillings can leak and break causing serious issues with your teeth and gums and the rest of your body.


Bragging about your old fillings from high school could turn out to be a disaster, especially when you realize your new five cavities could have been avoided had you scheduled an appointment with your dentist in Lynchburg.

Some People Have No Idea They Have Decay Under Old Fillings

Most patients think that once you have had a filling, the tooth will remain healthy forever. Sadly, that isn’t the case. Old fillings will eventually crack and break. If you have a chipped amalgam filling, food particles and bacteria will seep into the healthy part of the tooth. Once that happens, new decay will form. It is impossible to brush or floss under old fillings so once the debris is there, it is there for good.

Another problem with silver fillings is mercury. Although the American Dental Association has declared mercury safe for dental fillings, some people have reported ill effects. If you or someone you know suffers from chronic health problems and they still have their old silver fillings, it’s time to schedule an appointment with the Forest Dental Center in Lynchburg.

Replace Old Silver Amalgam Fillings with Dental Bonding or Resin

The easiest way to tell if your fillings are chipped or cracked is to feel around the filling. Some patients feel no pain when there is a cavity under an existing filling. If you feel a rough edge on the filling, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your Lynchburg dentist for a full examination.

The only way to determine if your old fillings need to be replaced is to schedule an appointment with the Forest Dental Center in Lynchburg. You could have a whole mouth full of cavities under those restorations that you don’t even know about. It really is better to be safe than sorry.

Call for an appointment with your dentist in Lynchburg today.

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