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Ever Wondered What is Under Your Tooth Filling?

May 18, 2016

Filed under: Fillings,Uncategorized — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 2:37 am

Ever Wondered What is Under Your Tooth Filling?

Ever had a tooth filling replaced?

Tooth filling present in both molars. Notice the gray halo around the larger silver filling - that is tooth decay!

Tooth filling present in both molars. Notice the gray halo around the larger silver filling – that is tooth decay!

Many people have wondered what is under their fillings and usually don’t have the opportunity to see what their dentist is removing.  If this is true for you, this blog will show you what we found below two very small silver restorations.  We knew that there would be decay below the silver/mercury tooth filling on the first molar (note the dark halo surrounding the filling on the photo) but our patient wanted us to remove the silver/mercury filling that is present on the back tooth as well.

See the photos below to see what we found below these tooth fillings.

Our office would like your teeth to be as healthy as possible and certainly as healthy as you would like them to be!  Oftentimes decay can be caught early enough that the treatment is much less expensive and much less invasive.  Patients will often ask us to remove their old silver/mercury fillings because they want the look of white teeth.  We find decay often (maybe 50% of the time) when we do this which indicates the limit of x-rays in determining decay.

Your dentist and dental hygienist should look and feel carefully around every restoration in your mouth as this is the area where tooth decay often starts!  Finding problems early is another advantage of seeing your dentist regularly for examinations and cleanings!  Please call our Western Colorado office at (970) 242-3635 if you have questions about tooth decay or any other dental topic.

Yours for better dental health, Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Teeth/Restoring Smiles

Dark stained, decayed tooth present below the existing silver/mercury tooth filling. You can also see the dark area of tooth decay below the tooth filling that was on the back molar.

Dark stained, decayed tooth present below the existing silver/mercury tooth filling. You can also see the dark area of tooth decay below the tooth filling that was on the back molar.

Existing small silver/mercury tooth filling. You can also see an area of stain behind the existing tooth filling.

Existing small silver/mercury tooth filling. You can also see an area of stain behind the existing tooth filling.

The Time For Amalgam or Silver/Mercury Amalgam Fillings is Past!

October 14, 2013

Tooth-Colored Fillings – Forget Silver/Mercury Amalgam Fillings!

Tooth colored fillings  also known as composite fillings are not new! They are better looking, better for your tooth, more conservative and tooth-colored fillings have stood the test of time for small restorations due to decay or fracture.

If your tooth needs a filling, there are still dentists that recommend silver fillings or amalgam fillings instead of tooth-colored or composite fillings. Silver amalgam fillings are about 50 percent mercury and EVERYONE knows that this material is toxic.  Never mind that the mercury is bound to the silver in the silver filling and MAY not pose a health hazard.  If there is a better choice of filling material that is safer AND better for your tooth wouldn’t you choose it?

It is common to see breakdown of the tooth around old silver fillings.

Cracks and rough edges around this filling indicate bacteria can get below and beside this amalgam. Time to replace it with something better!

In our office we used to place silver or amalgam fillings – that was until about 1995 when I decided that I wouldn’t put in a patient’s mouth something that I would not want in my own or my families teeth!  So, I stopped doing silver fillings altogether and I have never regretted this decision.  Like all metals, silver fillings expand and contract with hot and cold conditions in our mouth.  Over time this can weaken or fracture the surrounding tooth structure. Tooth-colored fillings by contrast, actually bond to the adjacent tooth strengthening it, AND they look like teeth not a black filling!

If you want to replace your old silver or amalgam fillings, or if you need to get new fillings altogether, our restorative dentistry office has natural-looking porcelain and tooth-colored filling or composite filling materials available. These fillings can be created to match your existing tooth color, disguising your dental work from your friends and family. If you wanted to brighten your smile with our available teeth whitening procedures, talk to Dr. Gillis prior to receiving a natural-colored filling so that your new restorations will match your brighter tooth color.

Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  Please visit us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc) or call us if you have any questions or concerns.  You can also email our office at jgillis@juliegillisdds.com for further information.

Yours for better health,

Julie Gillis, DDS,

“Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health”