A beautiful smile starts with regular dentist appointments and while you may think your old silver amalgam fillings are still hanging in there you could be in for a surprise.

Old silver amalgam fillings may look like they are still intact, but in actuality they could be hiding new tooth decay.

Old Fillings are Bad for Your Health

If you have old silver amalgam fillings be sure that you schedule regular dental checkups with your dentist in Everett. Regular dental checkups along with restoration checkups mean no more decay.

Because silver amalgam fillings expand and contract with hot and cold they can crack and leak. If they start doing this bacteria and food particles will invade the healthy part of your tooth.

Once that happens you can expect additional tooth decay and cavities. Sadly because of the decay you will probably need a dental crown to bring the tooth back to health and function. In addition to this you may have to deal with toxic mercury poisoning.

Mercury is Toxic

While the food and drug administration along with the American Dental Association gives them the green light, they don’t say the same thing about cracked, broken and chipped silver amalgam fillings.

Because nearly half of the filling contains mercury there is a risk of exposure. The risk happens when you have chipped, cracked or leaky fillings.

If you notice any problems, such as chips or cracks, call your dentist in Everett immediately.

Avenue Dental Associates can’t stress the importance of regular dental checkups and dental restoration checkups, especially if you have old silver amalgam fillings.

Replacing Old  Fillings and Restorations

One of the most important parts of regular dental checkups and examinations is restoration or replacement. Because your old fillings, bridges, dentures, partials, inlays, onlays crowns and other dental restorations won’t last forever, you will need to have them restored or replaced.

While dental implants last for decades they too can bring problems if proper care isn’t taken. Dental implants need to be brushed and flossed just like regular teeth to prevent gum disease. While the artificial teeth won’t decay, they can chip if you aren’t careful.

Dental Care in Everett

For the best dental care and old fillings checkups you can’t go past Avenue Dental Associates in Everett. You are truly in the best hands when it comes to restoration restoration and repair.

Call or send a direct message and schedule a dental appointment with your family dentist in Everett today.