Do you have a metal amalgam filling that you would like to have removed in Spokane, Washington? Dr. Richard D. Weigand provides safe mercury filling removal to patients who visit his practice. Maybe you have not considered this in the past but are ready to learn more about composite resin fillings and why they may be better.
What is an Amalgam Filling?
Amalgam fillings are composed of multiple types of metals (including mercury) and are either gold or silver in color. For over a century, they were the standard in fillings. Recently, they have been used on a much more limited basis as composite tooth-colored fillings have become the standard. Amalgam fillings consist of nearly 50 percent mercury, a liquid metal that has been proven to cause long-term health issues. The other half of an amalgam filling consists of silver, copper, and tin.
Are Amalgam Fillings Safe?
This is a hotly debated topic. It is known that mercury can prove detrimental to people. Have you ever heard of somebody who regularly eats canned tuna getting mercury poisoning? This is just one example of how mercury can be ingested. While there is no debate on whether mercury can be harmful, there is a debate on whether the amount of mercury in an amalgam filling is harmful to dental patients. There are those for whom mercury, at any level, has been shown to cause health difficulties. Others say that the amount of mercury in an amalgam filling is so minuscule that it will not lead to any health complications.
Why You Should Remove Your Amalgam Fillings
No matter which side of the mercury argument you stand on, there are other reasons to have your amalgam fillings removed. One reason is that they contract and expand when exposed to hot and cold temperatures. Over time, this can cause further damage to your tooth. Another reason you should consider removing your amalgam filling is that they are not bonded to the tooth. This means you are likely to lose the filling at some point. Composite resin fillings are bonded to the tooth, creating a firm hold. Finally, amalgam fillings are unattractive and noticeable compared to tooth-colored composite resin fillings.