Should I Replace Old Metal Amalgam Fillings with Tooth Colored Fillings?

Many adults have old metal amalgam fillings in their teeth. The subject of replacing old metal fillings with tooth colored fillings frequently appears in the media. There is an on-going debate on the safety of amalgam fillings because they are known to contain up to 55 percent mercury.

Whether or not dental fillings that contain mercury are dangerous to humans is still debatable, but many dentists no longer offer amalgam fillings to their dental patients. In Pittsburgh, Dentonics, Inc. offers mercury-free dental fillings to patients concerned about the health risks associated with amalgam fillings.

Patients often ask us if they should replace their old metal amalgam fillings with tooth colored fillings. Essentially, if you are concerned that your mercury fillings might be dangerous to your health, our office is happy to talk with you about replacing them.

We offer composite resin and porcelain fillings that are known to be better than amalgam fillings for several reasons. Typically, composite resin and porcelain fillings are durable and are secured directly to your tooth – instead of packed into the cavity. Additionally, composite resin and porcelain fillings are tooth colored, so they are hardly noticeable.

If you are interested in learning more about replacing your old metal amalgam fillings with tooth colored fillings, please contact Dentonics, Inc. in Pittsburgh today to schedule a consultation.


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