Silver and gold dental crowns

You may have been considering getting rid of unattractive metal fillings and crowns for a while to get a better smile. But did you know that your metal fillings could also be related to some unpleasant symptoms in your mouth?

If you have these symptoms, you can resolve them by removing your metal fillings and replacing them with more attractive white fillings.

Tooth Sensitivity

One of the most common symptoms related to metal amalgam fillings and even gold fillings is tooth sensitivity to heat and cold. That’s because metal is really good at conducting heat and cold and sends it deep into the tooth, close to the tooth nerve. The amount of sensitivity depends on the material and the size of the filling.

Gold fillings and crowns are likely to be equally sensitive to heat and cold. Metal amalgam may be more sensitive to heat than cold because heat expansion of the fillings can put pressure on the tooth pulp. This is the same phenomenon that causes percolation.

Metallic Taste in Your Mouth

If you constantly or frequently have a metallic taste in your mouth, it could be related to the metal in your mouth. New fillings may be especially likely to cause a metallic taste as some of the filling material wears down, but even old fillings can cause a metallic taste.

If you have both noble metal and amalgam fillings, you’re more likely to experience a metallic taste all the time. If you have just one type of filling, you may notice the taste more when you put a fork or spoon into your mouth. It may be the utensil you’re tasting, but the reason you’re tasting it is your metal fillings.

These fillings create what is known as a galvanic circuit in your mouth. This is created when two dissimilar metals get connected via a medium like your saliva. This allows the metals to create a basic battery that rusts one of the metals, and in the process it fills your saliva with metal ions that you taste.

Tingling or Zapping in Your Mouth

Sometimes, the galvanic circuit can be strong enough that you’ll actually feel the electricity. It will feel like putting your tongue on a 9 volt battery, although it’s usually not as strong.

As with the metallic taste, it can occur constantly or just when you put a metal fork or spoon in your mouth.

Mercury Sickness Symptoms

Some people report symptoms beyond the mouth that they attribute to metal amalgam fillings. Mercury sickness is a real sickness, although its connection with metal amalgam fillings is controversial. Sometimes people report symptoms like:

  • Chronic allergy symptoms
  • Dizziness or ringing in the ears
  • Headaches
  • Low energy or fatigue
  • Mood disorders
  • Learning difficulties and motor problems

As we said, the correlation of these symptoms with metal amalgam is controversial, but for some people it seems like a real connection.

Health, Beauty, and Harmony

The key point to understand about metal amalgam fillings is that they aren’t just unattractive, they can be unhealthy, too. The healthiest fillings are those that are most similar to your natural tooth material, which are also the most attractive. These fillings fit harmoniously in your mouth to promote your oral health.

If you want to learn more about upgrading your fillings, please call (843) 706-2999 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Beyond Exceptional Dentistry.