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Why Have Composite Fillings Over Amalgam?

When it comes to dentistry this is a very controversial topic that has drawn a lot of attention from the media in the past. The reason why this is controversial is because of what is contained in the old amalgam fillings that have been commonly placed in the past. They are not very commonly used any more, as the preferred option tends to be white fillings.

The amalgam fillings contains a substance known as mercury, which can be harmful to humans (mercury poisoning). There hasn’t been any definitive research to say that amalgam fillings can lead to mercury poisoning, but there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the subject.

At our practice we are very proud to be a mercury free clinic and do not advocate the use of the old silver amalgam fillings. We opt for the more natural and friendlier composite white fillings material.

Amalgam Danger

The danger associated with having the amalgam fillings is not the filling being in the tooth but the possibility that the filling may crack and therefore leak mercury into your mouth. As it stands, a silver filling in your mouth will not have a cause for concern as the mercury will be sealed inside.

Safely Removing Old Amalgam Fillings

It is becoming more and more common for people to have their old fillings removed and replaced with the friendlier composite fillings. When this procedure is carried out it needs to be carefully done to ensure that all the remnants of the old fillings is carefully removed and there is no leakage. This is done by using a rubber dam protective barrier and high pressure suction to suck all the debris away. We always ensure all safety protocols are followed strictly.

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Should Old Silver Fillings Be Replaced?

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There has been a lot of controversy related to the use of the traditional amalgam silver fillings.

The controversial topic widely states that amalgam fillings contain the element Mercury which can be dangerous to people if they receive high exposure and that it has been said that amalgam fillings can leech Mercury into the mouth. But there hasn’t been any conclusive evidence to state if this is enough exposure to cause any health concerns, such as Mercury poisoning.

At One Dental Clinic our patient’s welfare is of the upmost importance to us and as a result we avoid the use of Mercury fillings, and offer alternative such as tooth colored composites and ceramic fillings.

Amalgam removal before and after patient 1

Why Else Should I Replace My Silver Fillings?

As well being a very controversial topic, there are also other reasons that you may want to have your amalgams replaced:

  • Aesthetics – new tooth colored fillings match your teeth!
  • Peace of mind – even though there hasn’t been any conclusive evidence in regards to amalgam fillings, it can be worrying to know there is a potential health risk, which in itself, can cause a patient to experience high stress levels, that will also have a negative effect on your body!

Amalgam removal before and after patient 2

Free Consultations To Replace Your Amalgam Fillings

If you are unhappy with the way your fillings look or you are worried about the potential health risk, please do not hesitate to call us to arrange your free consultation today.


Replacement of Silver Mercury Amalgam Fillings at One Dental Clinic in Solihull

At One Dental Clinic we offer a safe method of removing silver mercury amalgam fillings efficiently. A patient recently attended and had the following silver fillings present in their lower teeth

After two visits we were able to remove all the silver mercury fillings and place white composite fillings and two dental crowns. This treatment was done under sedation and the patient was lightly sedated without being aware of what was going on. This meant that instead of four or five visits the treatment could be done in two visits. The patient was over the moon.


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By Dr Gursh Bajwa

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