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Which Is Safer: to Remove a Metal Filling or to Keep It?

Posted in Fillings

Talk about a dilemma! Even dentists have different feelings on the subject of metal filling removal. Here’s some information to help you make your decision.

Why Switch to Tooth-Colored Fillings?

Lots of people want to get rid of their metal fillings because they’re concerned about the mercury content. Amalgam restorations do have some mercury, but it’s not likely enough to cause problems from inside a tooth.

Even so, it gives some peace of mind to just have the metal restorations removed for good.

On the other hand, some folks aren’t so much worried about the mercury as how the metal looks. Upgrading to natural tooth-colored fillings provides a healthier and more natural finish for the smile.

The Dangers of Removing Metal Fillings

The biggest “risk” of removing a mercury filling is inhaling mercury vapors. Usually, you need to inhale a lot of vapors over a long period of time to suffer ill effects.

Getting one filling removed probably won’t harm you. Especially as your dentist will use mercury-safe techniques to lower your exposure. For example, your dentist will cut the filling into large easy-to-remove pieces to limit the dust particles generated.

Another danger is that your tooth may become sensitive and weak.

However, removing the filling isn’t the cause of trouble. It’s a proactive way to get started on treatment you’d eventually need, anyway.

To Remove or Keep?

The bottom line is this: you don’t have to change out your metal fillings unless you want to or until your tooth can’t wait any longer for a new one.

If you aren’t sure how your current metal amalgam fillings are doing, plan a visit with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206 Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

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