Failing Fillings

Diagnosing a Failing Amalgam Filling

A common misconception is that a silver amalgam filling will last forever. Amalgam fillings are very durable, but they will eventually fail and need to be replaced. We consider a filling to be failing when it no longer seals out bacteria, allowing them to infect the inner layers of the tooth.

 

Diagnosing a Failing Filling

When a filling needs to be replaced it’s often best to protect the tooth by switching to a crown.

 

Diagnosing a Failing Resin Filling

A common misconception is that a filling will last forever. Composite resin fillings are durable, but they will eventually fail and need to be replaced. We consider a filling to be failing when it no longer seals out bacteria, allowing them to infect the inner layers of the tooth.

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