When spots of decay are removed from your teeth, the missing space must be filled in so that the tooth remains usable. Dental amalgam has been used for many years as the most common way to accomplish this goal. However, in recent years the presence of mercury in traditional dental amalgam has caused some people to feel that it is not appropriate for this usage, and could cause long term problems.
Why Remove Amalgam Fillings?
Recently, mercury amalgam use has become controversial. The presence of mercury in the bloodstream can contribute to various health problems. People who are concerned about amalgam fillings opt to have them removed and replaced with fillings made of composite material or porcelain.
These alternate materials offer other advantages over amalgam, however, in addition to the possible health-related advantages. These include:
- Composite or porcelain fillings are tooth-colored
- Alternate materials for fillings do not conduct heat and cold, reducing discomfort
- Alternate materials expand and contract like natural tooth material
- Composite and porcelain bond to the tooth
These advantages provide aesthetic advantages and reduce the possibility of uncomfortable reactions to cold foods. They also help reduce the possibility that your filled tooth will crack over time, or that the filling will pull away from the tooth, requiring additional dental work.
Having Amalgam Fillings Replaced
Having fillings replaced is not very different from having the fillings done initially. The amalgam filling is removed in much the same way as the decayed material was originally removed, then the composite material is placed in the space left behind. If you have numerous fillings to have replaced, sedation dentistry can help make the process more comfortable for you.
To find out more about holistic dentistry and safe amalgam filling removal, please contact the office of Dr. Nevein Amer.