I have some old fillings in my mouth and have a light metallic taste on that side of my mouth. Why?

Q. Can old chipped fillings in the mouth cause a metallic taste?

Answered by
Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 07, 2023

Hello doctor,

I have some old fillings in my mouth. Recently I have discovered a light metallic taste from that side of my mouth. It is not very strong but tastes metallic or a bit salty. I looked in that area, and they seem worn down and do not have the shine. They also seem to be a few chipped off. Should I be concerned? What could it be?

Thank you.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your question I can understand your concern.

You mean you had a silver amalgam filling done in your teeth. It will not leach in such a manner. Yes, when chipping, it may taste like metal, but the continuous is not possible. There are certain foods or medications that may cause your saliva to taste metallic. There is nothing to worry about, as amalgam filling is not dangerous.

I hope my answer will help you and visit us if you have any further questions.

Thank you.

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