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A 46-year-old member asked:

Do metal fillings discolor your teeth?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Yes: The metal ions in the amalgam (silver) fillings tend to leach out over time and stain the surrounding tooth structure gray. This does not occur with tooth colored composite fillings which are also bonded to your tooth.
Dr. Jaspreet Dheri
Dentistry 5 years experience
Yes: The metal filling will discolor your teeth. Over time the metal (amalgam) fillings corrode and cause the fillings to turn from looking shiny to looking dull and black. This will affect the surrounding natural tooth structure and cause your tooth to discolor as well.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can old fillings discolor teeth?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Yes and no: Old fillings can leak and cause discoloration. Silver amalgam filling can leach silver ions into the tooth.. Tooth colored composite fillings can leak and stain at the margins of the filling. Major leaks can lead to decay, which can be dark.
Last updated Sep 15, 2017


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