Do You Want 150 Year Old Fillings?Friday, July 26th, 2013, 8:50 pm
Dental amalgam or silver fillings have been used for over 150 years. Most people wouldn’t be happy with a hospital that suggested using a treatment that was century old technology so why would we accept this for our smiles?
Amalgam fillings were initially created as a low cost alternative to gold fillings – the only filling material available at the time. The original recipe contained silver shavings, zinc, copper, tin and mercury. We now understand that mercury is a powerful neurotoxin but it is still in use. This controversial substance is still used by some dentists because of its low cost and because it is quick and easy to use. Not a good standard for health care decisions.
In addition to the toxic mix that makes up dental amalgam, there are other risks to these old fashioned fillings. The amalgam material is very sensitive to temperature changes – it expands and contracts in the presence of heat and cold. This often causes small cracks and fractures in the filling which can cause tooth sensitivity or even weakening of the tooth. The tiny cracks can also allow bacteria to enter through the filling leading to additional decay and creating a bigger problem in the future. The dark fillings are also very unattractive and cause dark shadows and black spots on an otherwise pretty smile.
Dentistry today offers many different types of composite filling materials that are bonded to your tooth structure. These composites protect against future decay and help strengthen the tooth as well. Once bonded in place, a composite filling won’t change shape or be affected by what you eat or drink. Best of all, because these fillings are matched to your natural tooth color, they are virtually invisible when you smile.
Mercury fillings have long been controversial and, as time goes on, more and more dentists are following the lead of offices like Wilbanks Smile Center and getting the mercury out of their offices and out of the mouths of their patients. Better health and a more beautiful smile can be achieved with the replacement of old fillings.
If you are concerned about your old mercury fillings contact our Toccoa, GA office today at 706-886-9439 and find out how we are working to keep mercury waste from old dental amalgams out of our beautiful mountain environment.