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Ask the Periodondist about Fillings Marie Schweinebraten Question:
I have four ugly amalgam fillings on my back upper and lower teeth and a gold crown that is visible if I open my mouth too wide or laugh to hard. It makes me extremely self conscious.

My dentist said he could replace them but it would be hard because my molars are so short. What are my options here? Can I get composite resin fillings and a porcelain crown? ...Visitor from GA

Answer:
Any tooth that can retain an amalgam filling should be able to retain a resin restoration.

You don't mention why your teeth are short so if you grind your teeth. The resin filling may not last as long.

Also, porcelain crowns do need a bit more space for the materials but I have done many cases where I actually expose a bit more tooth with a laser (remove some gum tissue) and get a bit more room to work.

Again if the reason your teeth are short is that you have been grinding your teeth, porcelain is more likely to fracture. So you might want to consider that when making your decision.

Marie C. Schweinebraten, DMD
Atlanta Periodontist
2925 Premiere Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 623-0930

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