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Still Have Metal Fillings? Here’s Why You Should Replace Them

September 12, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — compassdentalga @ 1:42 pm
a patient receiving dental fillings from her dentist

 In the past, most cavities had to be treated with metal fillings, which are incredibly effective for both stability and longevity. That said, these restorations can also come with certain complications. The good news is that dentists can now offer tooth-colored dental fillings that are biocompatible and more aesthetically appealing for your smile. Read on to learn why replacing metal restorations is a good idea for improving your oral health.

Traces of Mercury

While mild, most metal fillings contain traces of mercury—a metal that, when liquified, can expose you to vapors that can be inhaled and disturb bodily organs. Many researchers/experts don’t consider this a major threat to patients or dental professionals, but there’s evidence that points to the opposite. Mercury is toxic to humans, which is the main reason why dentists recommend switching to tooth-colored fillings as the safer alternative. Removing mercury fillings also requires thorough preparation and strict safety protocols, as the vapors can potentially be inhaled by both patients and dental staff.

Allergic Reactions

Those who struggle with allergic reactions to metal might not find these kinds of fillings to be beneficial in the long run. This doesn’t always happen for patients, but those with sensitivities can end up developing oral lesions and other problematic symptoms. Whether the material is mercury, copper, silver, or tin, dentists are required to provide alternative solutions for people who can’t receive metal fillings.

Minimal Aesthetic Appeal

Although a patient’s oral health is more important than the aesthetic value of their smile, the appearance of their pearly whites can have a major impact on their self-esteem and quality of life. Metal fillings are quite noticeable, which can cause people to want to hide their teeth whenever they’re smiling, talking, or eating. To avoid these awkward situations, you can try removing metal fillings and replacing them with composite ones that can perfectly blend in with the rest of your grin. Once the material is hardened and polished, you won’t have to feel the need to cover up your smile while spending time with others.

Even if metal restorations are still being used, you can always opt for a more comfortable, aesthetic, and safer solution for renewing your teeth. Speak with your dentist about tooth-colored fillings, and they’ll be happy to help!

About the Author

Dr. Charles R. Fana has been providing excellent and comprehensive dental care for nearly three decades. He earned his dental doctorate from the University of Louisville, underwent advanced training in porcelain restorations, and is a member of various organizations like the Academy of General Dentistry. If you need a cavity treated or wish to replace metal fillings, feel free to visit our website or give us a call at 912-352-3955.

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