Getting The Mercury Out Of Your Mouth

Sunday, April 25th, 2010, 3:24 pm

Could you imagine your physician treating your illness with tools used by doctors 150 year ago?  Of course not!  At Wilbanks Smile Center we feel that way about caring for your smile.  Dental amalgam fillings (also called silver or mercury fillings) have been used for over 150 years.  They were initially created as a low cost alternative to gold fillings.  The original recipe contained silver shavings, zinc, copper, tin and mercury.  We now know that mercury is a very hazardous substance but dental amalgam is still used by many dentists because of its low cost.

In addition to the toxic mix that makes up dental amalgam, there are other risks to silver fillings.  The material is very sensitive to temperature changes – it expands and contracts in the presence of heat and cold.  This can cause small cracks and fractures in the filling leading to tooth sensitivity or weakening of the tooth.  Tiny cracks can also allow bacteria to enter through the filling leading to additional decay and creating a bigger problem in the future.  In addition, the dark fillings are not very attractive and, depending upon where they are placed in your mouth can cause unsightly shadows or dark spots when you smile.

Modern dentistry offers many different types of composite fillings that are bonded to your tooth structure.  These composites protect against future decay and help strengthen the tooth.  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 Dr. Wilbanks’ lead 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.  Contact our Toccoa, Georgia office at 800-884-9439 for more information about mercury fillings and your health.

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