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Do you have a silver filling in your mouth? Are you happy with the color? Would you rather have a white filling? While there may be some benefits to silver fillings, did you know that white fillings can also be useful? Still, while it’s possible to replace silver fillings, is it worth it?

Aside from their cosmetic drawbacks, silver fillings can actually hide decay from dental X-rays. While this is relatively uncommon, there is about a 20% chance that a silver filling could hide tooth decay. While this may not seem like a serious issue, if decay isn’t treated quickly enough, it can spread and become far worse.

Furthermore, some studies suggest that silver fillings don’t actually strengthen your teeth. In crude terms, silver fillings act as a wedge between the damaged tooth and the rest of your mouth. In other words, they may not distribute force evenly when you bite, which could leave your other teeth more likely to chip or crack.

Please don’t misunderstand: there are also a number of benefits to silver fillings. If you’re interested in learning more about your filling options, please don’t hesitate to contact Smile Wright Dental at 937-322-5437. Dr. Amber N. Wright and our team are eager to hear from you soon.