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Docs can you explain, is it safe to replace deep amalgam fillings with composite fillings?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Safe and predictable

Amalgam fillings over time can crack and decay.
Replacing them with composite resin is a predictable, safe and long term solution.

In brief: Safe and predictable

Amalgam fillings over time can crack and decay.
Replacing them with composite resin is a predictable, safe and long term solution.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Safe, yes

If you are asking is it dangerous, the answer is no.
But replacing perfectly good fillings (even if they are silver) can cause problems, including cracked teeth and pulpal tissue that becomes non-vital, all due to the trauma of the drill. You accept those risks when replacing a bad filling or fixing a cavity, but do you accept them in this case? Advice is accept the risks or leave them alone.

In brief: Safe, yes

If you are asking is it dangerous, the answer is no.
But replacing perfectly good fillings (even if they are silver) can cause problems, including cracked teeth and pulpal tissue that becomes non-vital, all due to the trauma of the drill. You accept those risks when replacing a bad filling or fixing a cavity, but do you accept them in this case? Advice is accept the risks or leave them alone.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Risk vs. reward?

Any time we perform a service, there are always slight risks inherent in the specific procedure.
Having said that, in general replacing a deep amalgam filling with a composite filling is not problematic. I would ask your own dentist to evaluate each tooth on a case by case basis to better ascertain the risks and give you a more accurate answer to your question.

In brief: Risk vs. reward?

Any time we perform a service, there are always slight risks inherent in the specific procedure.
Having said that, in general replacing a deep amalgam filling with a composite filling is not problematic. I would ask your own dentist to evaluate each tooth on a case by case basis to better ascertain the risks and give you a more accurate answer to your question.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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