Dental Materials: Mercury Fillings Part II

Amalgam Filling Porcelain ReplacementSo, you’ve got some mercury fillings in your teeth. You might question the benefits they provide for your teeth and the impact they could have on the rest of your body had you been properly informed at the time of treatment. We assume you know some of the potential risks associated with mercury (if not click here), and hope to inform you so that, should you have  a desire to treat your amalgam fillings, you will know the ideal way to seek treatment.



Why I should remove my mercury fillings?

Despite the fact that amalgam fillings contain mercury, which is a potential health risk, their removal could be the start of important preventative care. Because amalgam fillings are sturdy, they can transfer force loads to the tooth structure which can accelerate further decay and even break the tooth. Many dentists would say that teeth have different colors due to the amalgam filling presence, however, the filling itself has no impact on the color of the natural tooth indicating that discoloration of teeth with amalgam fillings comes from elsewhere (potentially decay or other damage to the tooth).

Where should I get my mercury fillings removed?

It is important not only to remove the amalgam fillings but to remove them safely. Holistic dentists profess to remove amalgam fillings for the entire body benefit, but it is important to select a holistic dentist that follows safe amalgam removal  procedures such as those suggested by IAOMT. It is important to learn how the dentist you select approaches holistic issues similar to safe amalgam removal. See Cedar Cliff Dental for an example of what you should look for.

What materials should be used in my teeth?

Before you get distracted with the financial/insurance aspect, keep in mind that this preventative care could save you from fixing more serious problems in the future. Common replacement materials are composite and porcelain, while others such as gold are not frequently used. Porcelain is the most similar to your natural tooth structure in that it expands and contracts almost identically to the enamel materials surrounding it. This trait makes porcelain last longer and maintain the overall health of your teeth. Composites are less durable and may need to be replaced more frequently. Each time a filling needs to be replaced, small amounts of enamel need to be taken out so long term use of composites might not optimize oral health as best as possible.

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