Optimists say that every cloud has a silver lining. Dentists say many teeth have a silver filling. Unfortunately, that’s not such a good thing anymore.
The silver fillings in question are known as dental amalgam. The word amalgam means “mixture”; fitting, as this filling material is a combination of liquid mercury, silver, tin and copper. Half of dental amalgam is elemental mercury by weight. It’s been used in teeth by dentists for close to two centuries. But many dentists are saying it’s time for a change.
There are problems with the filling on multiple levels. For one, it’s not very attractive — amalgam linings are quite noticeable, especially against a white (to varying degrees) backdrop. No one wants to look like they just finished eating tin foil if they have any choice in the matter! Unfortunately for many, most don’t — dental decay and cavities force the issue, and for over 150 years it was the universally approved choice for filling teeth in.
The shiny fillings can make patients feel self-conscious, leading to fewer smiles. What if the flash of a camera reflects off a shiny metal smile? What if children see the silver and ask why you have it? Who would want to be forced to explain their poor dental health or habits? And some may be allergic to materials present in amalgam (who wants to walk around with mercury in their mouths anyway?). Removing it might possibly lead to less headaches and sinus problems as a result of the fillings.
There are better options available now. New materials like porcelain, plastic and composite resin materials are all available. The best part? They’re all tooth-colored and unnoticeable.
Dental Health and Wellness Boston has not used amalgam fillings for over ten years. If you’d like a better, purer smile, we can replace your amalgam fillings at our office. Instead of amalgam, Dr. Jill Smith offers composite resin fillings that match the color of the teeth and are both safe and attractive.
Another benefit of composite resin? It bonds with the actual enamel of your natural teeth, making the seal tighter and stronger and preventing decay formation. So become a new patient today, swap your fillings and show off your true colors — not the artificial ones of yesterday. You’ll be glad you did.