May 2, 2021
Do you still have old metal filling in your mouth? They have many advantages. For example, they are effective when it comes to replacing areas of the tooth damaged by decay, they’re long lasting, and they don’t break the bank. However, there are numerous downsides that overpower their benefits. It is much safer for you to replace them with tooth-colored fillings. Read on to learn why your metal fillings should be a thing of the past.
What Are the Disadvantages of Amalgam Fillings?
Metal fillings were the norm for a long time, and many people still have them in their mouth today. However, they are no longer the best option when it comes to restoring your teeth. Here are a few of the cons:
- Mercury: Amalgam fillings are made from numerous different metals. Some of them include silver, tin, copper, mercury, and others. The problem is that mercury is toxic to the human body. According to a study done by the University of Georgia, if you have more that eight metal fillings, they could be increasing the mercury levels in your blood. Ingesting high levels of the substance can cause “mercury toxicity.” This condition means that you could develop symptoms like impaired senses and a lack of coordination. It can even be lethal at higher doses. Fortunately, there isn’t any evidence that the amount of mercury in fillings causes major problems, but many agree that they are still better to avoid.
- Temperature reactions: Metal tends to expand and contract when exposed to different temperatures. When you have hot foods, it can expand and put extra stress on your tooth. When you have something cold, it can shrink and cause gaps. Eventually, this can weaken the natural tooth structure.
- Not natural looking: Metal fillings are far from invisible. Most people don’t prefer the appearance of amalgam fillings in their teeth because they don’t appear natural.
What Are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
In most cases, dentists today used tooth-colored fillings. Here are a few of the pros:
- Natural-looking: Tooth-colored fillings blend in with your teeth. No one will be able to tell that you have one.
- Mercury-free: This type of filling is made from a composite resin.
- Preserves your tooth structure: Less of your healthy tooth structure needs to be removed to place a tooth-colored filling. This is because they form a stronger bond to the tooth.
If you have concerns about your old metal fillings, talk to your dentist about this alternative. Tooth-colored fillings are a safe, aesthetically pleasing alternative that will last for many years to come!
About the Author
Dr. Mark Givan is an experienced dentist who has been working in the dental field for over four decades. He earned his dental doctorate from the Baylor College of Dentistry and routinely completes 20 to 40 hours of continuing education each year. He is currently affiliated with the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and Fort Worth District Dental Society. For more information on tooth-colored fillings or to schedule an appointment at his office in Fort Worth, visit his website or call (817) 926-5556.
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