What Are Amalgam Fillings?
Amalgam Fillings used to be the traditional method of filling cavities in your teeth. Not only were they not aesthetically pleasing (silver/metal) but they also contained the chemical element Mercury (which can potentially pose a long term dental health risk).
We are able to safely remove and dispose of the amalgam fillings and replace them with natural tooth coloured composite fillings.
Should I Have My Amalgam Fillings Removed?
There are advantages and disadvantages with this traditional method of filling:
- Cheaper than other alternatives
- Theres a chances of them expanding with age and cracking your teeth
- Protective seal can fade away, which may cause them to start to decay
- Can cause tooth discolouration (gray marks)
- Fillings don’t match your tooth colour
- Contains mercury
- Healthy parts of your tooth may require to be removed to create a large enough space for an amalgam filling
- Some patients may be alergic to the amalgam material
Concerns Over Mercury Fillings
There is a lot of controversy over the use of amalgam fillings in modern day dental practices. So much so, that some European and Scandinavian countries have even banned the use mercury based fillings. However, there hasn’t been any conclusive evidence to say that you are exposed to any more mercury than you already are in your every day life (e.g.eating fish, drinking water etc). You will find that the majority of dentists in the UK will offer both mercury fillings and other alternatives, such as composite white fillings.
At One Dental Clinic we are proud to say we are an advocate of white fillings over metal amalgam.
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If you would like to find out more information about amalgam fillings removal, please do not hesitate to call us on 01564 778 585 or fill out the form at the bottom of the page to arrange your free consultation today!
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By Dr Gursh Bajwa