In the past, the only option for filling cavities was a metal alloy. Times have definitely changed. Today, tooth-colored composite is available and so is the option to replace your silver fillings.
Metal fillings are treated the same as any other type of dental restoration. If there are no signs of cracks, decay, poor gap margins, or chipping they shouldn’t need replacement. However, some people are concerned that metal fillings can lead to health problems due to the release of mercury vapors and may want to remove them anyway.
Whether you’re worried about potential health issues or just want to remove those unsightly metal fillings and replace them with a more cosmetic option, you can discuss your options with us anytime.
The important facts about silver and mercury fillings
- Mercury is a highly toxic element to the human body. Amalgam fillings mix copper, tin, silver, mercury, and other trace metals to form an alloy which is not always stable after being implanted into human teeth.
- Dental mercury pollutes and endangers our environment.
- It creates water pollution via dental clinic release and through human waste.
- Air pollution can result from cremation, dental clinic emissions, and sludge incineration.
- Land pollution via burials.
- Once mercury enters the body it is quickly absorbed and distributed to major organs. Damage to the brain and kidneys is often quick to develop.
- Low levels of mercury, such as those found in amalgam dental fillings, can have an impact on thyroid hormone levels. During pregnancy, healthy thyroid function is an important part of the child’s development, pre and postnatal. It is particularly important for the development of neurological functions.
Besides avoiding the potential harm of mercury, what are the other advantages?
- They blend naturally with your original teeth, so replacements are cosmetically and aesthetically pleasing. You can bring back your unabashed and beautiful smile with pride.
- Composite restoration can be done without removing as much of the tooth’s original structure. In other words, less drilling is required, and that is a positive to any dental visit.
- Since composite is bonded to the tooth it helps prevent the need for future repairs caused by forces in everyday repetitive chewing.
- Chips can be easily repaired with the application of additional composite and surface roughening.
- Seals in the dentin, so you can avoid future decay of the tooth.
Find the right strategy to replace amalgam fillings
Option 1 – Replace all of them in one visit. Some people prefer this option because it means fewer visits in the future, which saves time and money.
Option 2 – Replace them in stages. Start with your molars first since these fillings tend to be larger and are better at hiding decay. The force on molars is significantly greater in comparison to your incisors, so they are always under more pressure and exposed to the possibility of damage.
Taking care of your teeth is the best way to avoid the question of amalgam vs composite all together, so Make good dental hygiene a priority in your daily routine. In addition to brushing and flossing your teeth, try to stay away from sugary drinks and snacks that cause tooth decay. This will help prevent any potential damage to your teeth and any fillings you may have, metal or composite. Request a consultation with your dentist and discuss what having your silver fillings replaced means for you