Metal fillings are toxic! Get them out of your mouth.
Mercury is a toxic metal. Does that sound like something you want in your mouth permanently? If you have grey, silver or black amalgam fillings from years ago, that is exactly what you have in your mouth. There was a time when making this sort of amalgam filling was the best science dentists had. Now, we know that white composite fillings are both long lasting and more healthy than amalgam fillings.
In addition to being mercury-free and healthier composite fillings have other advantages over amalgam fillings. Amalgam metal fillings expand and contract with heat, cold and use. This causes amalgam fillings to break and require replacement on a much more frequent basis than composite fillings. Composites do not have metal properties meaning they do not have expanding and contracting problems.
And, finally, the most noticeable difference between the dark, metal amalgam fillings and composite fillings is their appearance. Composite filling are white, matching your teeth. They are virtually undetectable compared to black amalgam fillings that are quite visible when you smile or laugh.
While there are many good reasons to have any amalgam fillings you have replaced with composite fillings, the most pressing health reason is the mercury in the black amalgam filling. If you have amalgam fillings, please contact us today to schedule an appointment. We can replace those fillings with more healthy, white fillings.