Over the last few years, some studies have indicated that silver amalgam fillings, which contain mercury, might cause mercury to leach into the bloodstream. Although long-term effects have not yet been determined, many people have chosen to have their amalgam fillings replaced with other materials. For replacement of dental fillings in Tustin, we can help you decide what materials are best for you.
When you decide to replace your silver fillings, there are a few available options. One common material used for dental fillings is composite resin. The material used for composite fillings is a combination of substances that bonds to the teeth. Composite can be color matched to your teeth so your new fillings are virtually invisible.
Some dentists also use porcelain to replace metal fillings. Like composite, porcelain can be color matched, and is virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth enamel.
If you wish to have a crown replaced with metal-free substances, there are also a few different options, including porcelain crowns and zirconium crowns. Both porcelain and zirconium also bond firmly to the teeth and provide a natural-looking restoration.
Reasons to Replace Silver Fillings
There are several reasons to replace silver fillings, and different people make the decision for different reasons. Some people simply don’t care for the way silver fillings look, and so decide to have natural-colored substances used instead. Many people choose the option now, as well, to have initial work done with composite, porcelain, or other metal-free materials.
Some other reasons for filling replacement include:
- Reduce the possibility of cracked teeth
- Reduce sensitivity in metal fillings
- Other aesthetic reasons
If you have multiple fillings that need to be replaced, sedation dentistry might be a good option, especially if you experience any anxiety while you are at the dentist. With sedation dentistry, you can have numerous fillings or crowns replaced in a single visit without anxiety or discomfort.
To find out more about metal-free fillings, please contact the office of Dr. Nevein Amer at 972-985-4450 for an appointment.