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You probably know that it’s very important for you to brush your teeth and to floss to avoid cavities. However, if you’ve had a cavity filled and aren’t happy with its color, did you know that you could have the filling replaced? Still, would you be surprised to learn that there could actually be a few benefits to replacing a silver filling?

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 Dr. Bruce Westover at 928-634-5566. Dr. Bruce Westover and our team are eager to hear from you soon.