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Posted by: graham19201  (8 years ago)
I have fillings in my teeth that I had done when I was in my teens. They are the silver fillings, When should they be changed or do they last for life?
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If you are ok with those fillings and there are no caries around fillings or any other problem no need to replace them.
"Don't awake sleeping dogs"
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Posted by: Turner  (8 years ago)
Hi,
Milk teeth not only help the child to eat , it adds to his learning the right pronunciation & psychological well-being.. They also give a guiding path to the permanent teeth to erupt & maintain the space for the permanent teeth. The change over of teeth begin at 6 yrs of age but the last ones of milk teeth go 11 or 12 yrs of age. If not retained now, the permanent molars will shift forward & the child will have crowded teeth which can later be treated with braces & he might loose a few of his permanent teeth to correct the problem. Let your dentist decide what's best for your child at this age & follow his treatment plan. That's what the doentists are there for.

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Posted by: aweiss610  (8 years ago)
Hello I was thinking the same thing surely they dont last for life. I have fillings myself. So I had a look around on the net I did find some articles about it which was very useful information http://www.articlesbase.com/dental-care-articles/general-cosmetic-dentistry-5670891.html
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I have fillings in my teeth that I had done when I was in my teens. They are the silver fillings, When should they be changed or do they last for life?

If any dentist suggest you replace all your silver fillings at once, you should hold onto your wallet tightly and run out of their quick! Guaranteed that dentist is a scam artist.

Silver fillings have an average life of about 20 years, but I see silver fillings functioning after 40 year all the time. In contrast, you are lucky to get 10 years out of crappy white resin fillings on back teeth.

Silver fillings NEVER all fail at the same time. The ones on second molars take more force and are more likely to fail first.

When to replace them?

When they break.
When they have decay around them.
When the margins are so jagged they bother the patient.

But when I remove these old silver fillings with jagged edges, almost never do I find decay underneath. The good thing about silver fillings is they seal better and better with more time, because of oxide layer formation.
Posted 8 years ago
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Hello I was thinking the same thing surely they dont last for life. I have fillings myself. So I had a look around on the net I did find some articles about it which was very useful information http://www.articlesbase.com/dental-care-articles/general-cosmetic-dentistry-5670891.html

This is what passes for "useful information" to you? A short paragraph that tells you to replace your silver fillings, and gives no good reason? You really think articles like this are valuable in any way? Or are you commercially associated with the website?
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