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Can a Dental Filling Ever Leak?

Posted on 4/25/2020 by Crossroads Family Dental
Can a Dental Filling Ever Leak? Fillings are a highly common way to treat a cavity and they can be a number of different materials. From silver amalgam, gold, and composite resin, there are choices you can make based on preference. But, do these fillings ever leak? And if so, does this cause any harm?

Why Dental Fillings Can Leak

It may come as a surprise to learn that dental fillings can indeed start to leak. This can be due to poor fitment which inevitably causes the leakage to occur. If the filling isn't snug with the tooth it is being fitted in, it can cause the same symptoms that you would experience with a large cavity such as pain, sensitivity and eventually tooth decay. Also, the overall structure of the tooth will be weakened.

What Are The Differences Between The Different Filling Materials?

Like we touched on, there are different materials you are able to choose for your filling procedure. Silver amalgam is a great “set and forget” material that is relatively inexpensive, but contrasts with the color of your teeth. Gold is extremely durable, but as you'd imagine, but it is more expensive. It is also a bit softer than other options. Composite resins are designed to retain the natural look of your teeth because they are color-matched, the downside is that they are not as resilient as silver and gold. Porcelain is designed to custom-fit the tooth with a matching color, this material is stain-resilient and will last longer than even silver amalgam. It is one of the pricier options, however. Whichever you choose will come with their own benefits and is up to the individual to decide what they are looking for and how much they can spend. You should always get your fillings done from a trusted source. If you need fillings done, you can schedule an appointment with us by calling our office.
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