Fillings are amongst one of the most common dental procedures carried out. If you have reached adulthood or beyond without needing a filling, then you have done very well. As it is perceived that children become unhealthier and standards of diets are slipping, more children and getting tooth decay at a younger age and we are seeing a greater need in the amount of young people needing fillings.
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.
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 Ascent Dental Care Solihull 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.
At Ascent Dental Care Solihull 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.