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Question:
Porcelain fillings to replace existing fillings: I am a recovering alcoholic. Along the way, I have really let my teeth 'go'. I have fillings top and bottom on both sides. In 2000, a complete set was done (every tooth except the front 6, top and bottom), including drilling out a few older ones.

As I'm getting my life in order, I'm really very disheatened about the condition of my teeth. I'm also being asked to travel more and meet clients, and I am always extremely self-conscious about my teeth.

My question is, is it possible to replace fillings done so recently (2000) with porcelain? When I smile, especially from the side, my teeth just look grey. Do I have options? I would love for my smile to look as good as I've begun to feel every other way.

Answer:
There are certainly options for replacing your dark, mercury fillings with tooth colored restorations. The fact that these fillings were placed only several years ago is not a factor; in fact hopefully they were done well and there is no decay (cavities) under them, which is common when removing older silver-mercury fillings.

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