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do metal fillings discolor your teeth?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
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.
Answered on Sep 12, 2017
Dr. Jaspreet Dheri
3 years experience Dentistry
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.
Answered on Sep 15, 2017

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