04 Jul Amalgam-Free Scottsdale Dental Office for 25 Years
Should I Get My Amalgam Fillings Replaced?
Amalgam fillings are metal fillings that contain gasses and mercury. They’ve been used as the filling material of choice by dentists for almost 150 years. While the FDA portrays to keeps close tabs on the safety of this filling material, there is concern about breathing in the mercury gas that can escape when fillings are replaced. How can you protect yourself? Dr. Jeffrey D. Clark recommends the use of a rubber dam with sealing barriers, high volume suction with copious water irrigation. There is new research that is showing that amalgam fillings after a 10 year time period start to break down and micro chipping occurs with no place to go but inside your body along with the mercury that is part of filling. Another disadvantage is all amalgam contains copper that over time absorbs water molecules and actually grows within the tooth causing pressure that weakens and fractures teeth. You’ll be glad to know that Scottsdale Dental Excellence, your North Scottsdale dentist, has been an amalgam-free dental office for 25 years.
What Is the Safest Way to Have Amalgam Fillings Removed?
Many patients are choosing to have amalgam fillings removed and replaced with composite or porcelain fillings because of the risk of escaping gasses. We use the latest technology called CEREC that allows us to mill in house / one visit high strength tooth colored restorations that are bonded in place for longevity.
As with any medical or dental procedure, becoming educated about your options will help you make an informed decision.
Should your amalgam filling need to be replaced, be sure to request a rubber dam when having these fillings removed. If you’d like additional information, here is an alternative link to the FDA link included earlier in this post. At Scottsdale Dental Excellence, not only are we an amalgam-free dental office, we provide our patients with the latest in dental technologies and procedures. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have about the type of fillings we use, fillings that are appropriate for protecting your dental health.