Old Amalgam Fillings Crack Teeth
There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t see a patient with old silver fillings in their teeth. Some of these old restorations have weathered the test of time well, while others have not. It is the old silver filling that doesn’t hurt that concerns me the most. As you can see in the photo to the left, this tooth has some caries and structural issues. The patient reported that it never bothered her, yet the cracks are obvious.
As We Age Our Teeth Become Less Sensitive
The nerves become smaller and less responsive to any stimulation. It is Mother Nature’s way of protecting us from toothaches. Unfortunately this is often misinterpreted by many that if it doesn’t hurt, it is not a problem. After all, “how bad can it be if I don’t feel it?” The truth is that things ARE happening to their teeth, but they are not getting any warning of a developing problem. When the tooth both fractures and requires a root canal to restore, the patient is surprised. “I was eating a piece of toast and my tooth broke!” or “I must have soft teeth. They keep breaking”, is commonly heard.
When I removed the old filling from the tooth above, I took this second photo. Now the decay and cracks are more evident (see image below). Fortunately, I was able to restore this tooth. The decay was removed, the tooth was disinfected to prevent further decay under the restoration and the nerve was protected with a medication in the deepest parts. A crown was placed to keep the tooth from cracking further. The patient was able to save her tooth and save $1,500.00 by avoiding a root canal as well. This is preventative dentistry at its best.
Technology Allows Us to Examine Your Teeth Better Than Ever
Dental radiographs do not tell the whole story. I would be happy to use today’s technology of cameras and spectra analysis to identify problems you may have in your own mouth. My staff will help you set up an appointment time that is convenient for you. You can call 262-970-0111 or visit my website, BestCareInTheChair.com for more information. Don’t assume things are fine until you have had a complete dental exam. Together, we will help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.
Janelle Ferber-Stumpf D.D.S.
Making smiles beautiful since 1983
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, Wi 53072