11 doctors weighed in:
Removel of silver fillings in teeth just a fad or is really needed?
11 doctors weighed in

4 doctors agree
In brief: Silver fillings ok
Replace fillings when they need to be replaced- not before.
A new filling often removes more tooth enamel and can irritate the nerve in the tooth causing pain. Silver fillings are often the best value for your buck: it’s the strongest and longest lasting of the filling materials especially for larger fillings. Toothcolored fillings generally will not last as long as silver fillings.

In brief: Silver fillings ok
Replace fillings when they need to be replaced- not before.
A new filling often removes more tooth enamel and can irritate the nerve in the tooth causing pain. Silver fillings are often the best value for your buck: it’s the strongest and longest lasting of the filling materials especially for larger fillings. Toothcolored fillings generally will not last as long as silver fillings.
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
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Dr. Lindsey Wolfer
white fillings bond to teeth and can make them stronger or strengthen a tooth with a large filling
Dr. Simon Rosenberg
I agree with Dr Holtzman, especially for small amalgams. In posterior teeth, silver amalgam lasts 20 to 30 years while composite white fillings last 3 to 9 years, depending on the dental study. Composites fail at one area of the margin, bot the
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Improvement, not fad
The newer materials are placed with adhesives.
A tooth is rebuilt to its natural strength, flexibility and beauty using biomimetic techniques & materials that match the appearance of the enamel. Amalgam silver fillings do not strengthen the tooth from the inside. Rather they have different physical properties than the tooth, and leave it at greater risk of fracture. Not a fad but an improvement.

In brief: Improvement, not fad
The newer materials are placed with adhesives.
A tooth is rebuilt to its natural strength, flexibility and beauty using biomimetic techniques & materials that match the appearance of the enamel. Amalgam silver fillings do not strengthen the tooth from the inside. Rather they have different physical properties than the tooth, and leave it at greater risk of fracture. Not a fad but an improvement.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dr. Gary Lederman
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Sometimes necessary
Removal of silver fillings is necessary only if they are defective or if there is additional decay.

In brief: Sometimes necessary
Removal of silver fillings is necessary only if they are defective or if there is additional decay.
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dr. Justin Zumstein
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