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What are the disadvantages of silver fillings?

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Disadvantages of silver fillings:

  • Silver fillings don't match the color of natural teeth.
  • Sometimes, more of the healthy part of the tooth must be removed to make a space large enough to hold the amalgam filling.
  • Amalgam fillings can make the tooth look grayish.
  • They may be more likely to crack or fracture.
  • About 1% of people are allergic to the mercury in amalgam restorations.

From: Dental Health and Tooth Fillings WebMD Medical Reference

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WebMD Medical News: "FDA: Possible Risk From Dental Fillings."

MedicineNet: "Fillings."

American Dental Association: "Dental Filling Options."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 24, 2017

SOURCE:

WebMD Medical News: "FDA: Possible Risk From Dental Fillings."

MedicineNet: "Fillings."

American Dental Association: "Dental Filling Options."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 24, 2017

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