Many studies* have been conducted on metal fillings that show how dangerous they can be and why they should be replaced with tooth-colored fillings. In this post, we reveal the dangers of metal fillings and the importance of replacing them.
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 teeth. Not only are they more cosmetically appealing, but they are better for your overall health!
Multiple countries all over the world have banned or limited the use of dental mercury amalgams. However, 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 is a direct composite resin, known as a tooth-colored filling. Patients like it because it blends in very well with your natural teeth.
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 is a metal that is toxic to humans. It continuously emits vapors from dental amalgam fillings. That vapor is absorbed by the body and remains in the brain, kidney, liver, lung, 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 in daily activities such as drinking hot liquids, chewing, and teeth grinding. Mercury is also released during placement, replacement, and removal of fillings.
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 for your overall health. 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.
* If you would like to learn more about mercury in metal fillings you gain more information here.