Metal silver-colored fillings, also known as Dental Amalgam Fillings within the dental industry, are around 50% mercury. If you are unfamiliar with the dangers of mercury we hope to educate you on what it can do to your body. We also encourage you to always ask your dentist for tooth colored fillings to repair your tooth not only for the cosmetic purpose but for your overall health!
Multiple countries all over the world have placed a ban or limit the use of dental mercury amalgams but there are still regions around the world that use them including here in the United States. Many dentists offer alternatives to amalgam that are mercury free, the most popular being a direct composite resin, known as a tooth colored filling, because it’s a lot harder for anyone to detect a filling is in your mouth.
Many adults have had a metal filling in their mouths for years. Unfortunately they are probably unaware of the potential risks, and damage it might have caused to the rest of their body. Mercury which is a toxic metal to humans, is continuously emitted from dental amalgam fillings in a vapor form that can be absorbed by the body and remain in the brain, kidney, liver, lug, or gastrointestinal tract. If you are a patient that has had multiple metal fillings the output of this vapor increases. This is especially the case from daily activities such as drinking hot liquids, chewing, and teeth grinding. Mercury also is released during the placement, replacement, and removal of the filling.
When Should I Replace My Metal Fillings?
As soon as possible! The soonest you can schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston the better your overall health is going to be without the risk of mercury poisoning. Additionally, replacing a metal filling with a tooth colored filling is that it also can help protect your tooth. The resin has very good adhesion to help your tooth keep its shape. Metal fillings can unfortunately destroy a healthy tooth as it stretches, and expands inside of your mouth. Schedule an appointment with us today so that we can take care of replacing your metal fillings to improve your overall health and smile.
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