Dark fillings used to be all that dentists would offer. Over the last few years, they have become nearly obsolete. However, that doesn't mean that you don't have any of the older fillings. If your mouth has some of them, should you consider replacing them?
The answer is mostly up to you, but it doesn't necessarily mean you have to worry about it right now. As long as the fillings are strong and holding, it is probably best to leave them where they are for the time being.
Fillings Are Not Considered a Permanent Solution
Fillings are great ways of filling in the spot a cavity ate away. They protect your tooth, keep it strong, and allow you to go back to living your life like normal in relatively no time.
However, they are not considered to be permanent. This means they do have a shelf-life, for lack of a better term. They will need to be replaced down the line at some point.
The better your oral health is maintained, the longer they will last before they need replacing. If you don't like the look or the feel of your dark fillings, you may want to wait until that point to have them be replaced. If you were to do it now, you'd likely be paying for the procedure out of pocket. However, if the filling fell out and needs to be replaced anyway, then your insurance should cover the procedure.
Darker fillings are not as aesthetically pleasing, but so long as they are still functional, then you will be fine keeping them. Just make up your mind what you want done as those fillings begin to need replacing. Most people are asking about getting composite fillings instead, since they blend in with your teeth naturally.
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