Replacing Old Gold Fillings

Gold fillings are probably the most expensive dental fillings available. They are costly for a reason: their durability can last for more than 20 years! They’re also the most well tolerated type of dental filling by gum tissues and considered by many dentists as the most ideal tooth filling.

Gold fillings are custom-made at dental labs and then cemented into the affected tooth. That’s why if you choose to get a gold filling, you may need to visit your Kennewick WA dentist more than once to get the procedure done.

Even if gold fillings last for many years, they do get old and worn out. Today, a lot of people who have old gold fillings have started replacing them with the newer and more aesthetically pleasing tooth-colored composite resin fillings.

Why Replace Old Gold Fillings

Old gold fillings are not only unattractive. They also pose as a potential cause of tooth decay. That’s because when filling is old, the space between the filling and the tooth could be exposed to bacteria and food particles. Once exposed, you may start experiencing tenderness, swelling, and pain on the affected area.

The best way to determine if your old gold filling needs to be replaced is to visit your Kennewick WA dentist for a dental examination. During your exam and consultation, your dentist will evaluate the condition of your gold filling and recommend options on how you can replace it. You can still go with gold fillings, but it would also be a good idea to check out other filling materials available that are less expensive than gold but still have the durability you’re looking for.

Other choices you can ask your Kennewick WA dentist about include porcelain inlays or onlays and composite or plastic resin. You can also have silver or amalgam fillings, which are the most inexpensive among the filling types, but not necessarily the most pleasing to look at.

If you would like to have a dental checkup for your old fillings, please call Marineland Dental Care at 509-591-0515.

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