Replacing Old Fillings Makes Sense

If you have been considering replacing old fillings, call and schedule a no obligation consultation with Dr. Mike Morris.

Your Burlington dentist explains that old fillings, especially cracked or chipped silver amalgam fillings, will leak. Silver amalgam fillings will expand and contract over time causing problems under the filling.

Some people don’t even know that you can get cavities in a tooth that has already been filled. Any fillings that are older than five years must be checked to make sure they are still sound.

Why Old Fillings Leak

According to your dentist in Burlington, fillings will leak if the filling does not fit snugly. An ill-fitting filling leads to bacteria build up under the tooth. If you follow the Chittenden Dental Blog, you will remember that old broken fillings can affect the rest of your body, as there is an oral and overall health connection.

Replacing Your Old Fillings

Of course, your Burlington Dentist is the only one who can tell if you should replace your old fillings.

Dr. Morris explains that the metal used for silver fillings will corrode contracting and expanding as previously mentioned. If your amalgam fillings are more than 10 years old, chances are you are dealing with a fractured tooth under the filling.

Cavities also hide under fillings and most often go undetected, as they are not visible with an x-ray. Intra oral cameras allow for a better picture of what is going on under the filling and inside the tooth.

A Dental Examination for Unhealthy Fillings

A dental appointment in Burlington is important, especially if you have not had your dental fillings checked out in awhile. Dr. Morris will detect any issues before recommending replacing your fillings.

If you are considering replacing your fillings,  call and talk to a team member from Chittenden Dental today.


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