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I had teeth that broke, because they had sliver fillings in for a long time. I have other teeth with sliver fillings in my teeth and the sliver fillings show through my teeth. Are my teeth going to break? Thanks.

Dear Tom,

Silver fillings don't often break teeth.  Wearing your teeth for a long time with silver fillings in them will break teeth.  The silver filling has served us well over the last 150 years.  What stopped us using them (beside the fact that they corrode and turn black over time) is the fact that they contain mercury.  As you must know by now, ingesting mercury in any form is not good for you.  So I stopped using silver fillings about 25 years ago.

What will cause your teeth to break is the same thing that will cause the tires on your car to blow out, or the soles of your favorite shoes to crack.  Too old, too dry, too much wear, followed by getting hit by the wrong thing.  Or just too much wear. Period.

It sounds like some of your teeth are beginning to need to be capped.  And it's better to do this BEFORE they break.  So get to your dentist and see what he has to offer.  See if he is using Instacrown yet.


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I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.


Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center ( On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (, I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

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