Are you tired of looking at a mouth full of metal whenever you open your mouth? If you had silver amalgam fillings placed in your mouth to fill cavities and are tired of them, you are not alone. Everyday, individuals all over the country have their old silver amalgam fillings removed and replaced with porcelain or composite, tooth-colored fillings.
Some people decide to make this change when their old silver amalgam fillings wear out or come loose. Instead of replacing them with amalgam, they elect to use porcelain or composite material. Others proactively have their amalgam fillings removed and replaced with tooth colored materials for cosmetic reasons, or due to safety concerns. Amalgam fillings contain Mercury: a know neurotoxin. While the evidence is not conclusive at this time, many fear that exposure to Mercury from amalgam fillings could be harmful to your health.
The reason that amalgam has been used to fill cavities for years is because it is relatively inexpensive compared to other materials and lasts for a long time. However, for some, the extra costs associated with porcelain or composite fillings are outweighed by the benefits: peace of mind and a more natural appearance.
If you elect to have your amalgam fillings removed and replaced with a different type of material, it is important to find a dentist who is qualified and experienced with this procedure. You want to make sure that your dentist follows the necessary safety protocols that will limit your exposure to Mercury vapors during the removal process. For more information about the process of removing and replacing Amalgam fillings, talk to your dentist today.
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