Do Fillings Need to be Replaced?

Do Fillings Need to be Replaced?
Posted on 03/10/2024

Teeth, like everything else we use daily, deserve the best of care year-round. While skipping an evening brush session or forgetting to floss is common with some, it’s what we can’t see that’s important. It’s rare to be able to see small cavities but seeing a family dentist in Denver, Golden, and Wheat Ridge gives you an advantage.

Preventing Further Oral Health Damage

If you got fillings as a kid or teen, there’s a chance these may need replacing. Those of us who stayed on top of twice-daily brushings and regular flossing growing up may have an advantage. However, depending on the material used for your dental fillings, they may need replacing anyway.

Until recently, silver fillings were known to contain traces of mercury. While not all types of mercury are the same, it’s still a neurotoxin that can affect health depending on a few factors. This is why getting a dentist to look at your dental fillings in Denver, Golden, and Wheat Ridge is a good idea.

Assessing the Mercury Exposure Risk Factors

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the mercury used in fillings and broken teeth isn’t the same type found in fish like tuna. While this was an affordable way to prevent tooth decay for over 150 years, researchers have discovered certain groups are affected by mercury exposure. These groups of people should see their family dentist in Denver, Golden, and Wheat Ridge as soon as possible –

  • Women who are, or planning to become, pregnant
  • Newborns and nursing mothers
  • Children under six years of age
  • People with neurological conditions
  • Anyone with impaired kidney function
  • Those who are allergic, or sensitive to, metal

Getting Answers About Your Oral Health

Even if none of the above applies to you, or you’re not experiencing any discomfort, it’s still a good idea to see a dentist. Annual exams cover areas only visible with an x-ray and using a special light. This allows the dentist to assess possible problem areas that affect other parts of your body.

If your teeth are sensitive to certain foods or temperatures, this is also a sign of decay. Small cavities can also cause abscesses and infections, or tooth shifting over time. When exams are overlooked, it’s often the entryway to another set of oral health problems that are easily avoided. Contact Gentle Smiles of Colorado today if you have silver fillings or other oral health issues that may seem minor. We have offices in Denver, Golden, and Wheat Ridge that can remedy your tooth needs or ensure your smile stays intact.

Dr. Timothy Wachuta

  • Denver Office - 2709 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222 Phone: (303) 756-2770 Fax: (303) 758-5705
  • Golden Office - 2305 Jackson St., Golden, CO 80401 Phone: (303) 278-2800 Fax: (303) 278-8448
  • Wheat Ridge Office - 8850 W. 38th Ave., Suite D, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 Phone: (303) 425-5100

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