I need some advice. I have two silver fillings. I keep reading that they have some mercury in them. I want to remove them, but my dentist says there’s nothing wrong with the fillings and it’s dangerous to my teeth to remove them. I said we could replace it right away. But he said the mercury could chip into my mouth. Now I don’t know what to do. Is it safe to remove them? I’m not keen on keeping them but I don’t want to make it worse either.
I understand your concern. First, I’ll put your mind at ease that your fillings can be switched. However, I don’t think your dentist is the one to do that for you. I’ll explain why in a moment. While the American Dental Association still says amalgam fillings are safe, and maybe they are. The studies are conflicting. More and more are showing that a significant amount of mercury is released from the fillings. We already know that mercury is a toxic substance. Amalgam fillings don’t just have a little mercury in them. Their main ingredient is mercury.
Remove Silver Fillings with a Mercury Free Dentist
When you remove amalgam fillings there is a high risk of mercury vapors and pieces being ingested by the patient. Because of that, we have a special process called a sanitary amalgam removal. We use special equipment to protect the patient. Your dentist obviously doesn’t know the process and would just remove the fillings and replace them. Your best bet is to call around to mercury-free dentists and ask them what their process is for a sanitary amalgam removal.
They should mention a stopper dam. They should also mention keeping cold water on the fillings during the removal process. Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature. It also has a very low melting point. Because of that, it needs to be kept fairly cool during the removal process. Usually, a dentist will make sure a cold stream of water is running over it while he works.
When completed, you can safely replace your old fillings with the healthier and stronger composite filling alternative. These have many benefits. While most people enjoy having fillings which actually blend into their tooth color and look natural. They also bond directly to your teeth, making them stronger.
Like any other dental work, their color is permanent. Once your dentist bonds them on the color can’t be changed. If any of your fillings are visible when you smile and you’ve ever considered getting your teeth whitened, it’s financially to your benefit to do so before you switch your fillings. This way your dentist can mix the coloring to match your new, bright smile. If you wait, once your teeth are whitened, your fillings won’t match and you’ll need to have them redone.
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