The problem with silver amalgam fillings and the benefits of tooth-colored alternatives
Many dentists in the past have used silver amalgam fillings for patients who develop tooth decay. While initially effective, these materials have been determined through studies to leave patients at risk of mercury toxicity. Dr. Yasi Sabour of The Dental Studio in Flower Mound, Texas, encourages patients to be mindful of the materials used to restore the smile, especially when faced with tooth decay. Our team highly recommends reconsidering silver amalgam fillings when a dentist suggests their use due to continued concerns. Instead, consider tooth-colored fillings made of a composite resin material.
Why should I avoid silver amalgam fillings?
It is common knowledge among dental professionals that silver amalgam fillings comprise approximately 50% mercury. Mercury is a known toxin in the human body. When these fillings warm, typically with normal chewing of food, they can release toxins into the body, leading to mercury toxicity symptoms. Additionally, these fillings expand and contract with temperature changes, leaving gaps around the filling that leave the tooth compromised and at risk of infection. But the primary reason patients also want to avoid these fillings is their appearance, as they are dark in color and stand out as obvious dental restorations.
What type of fillings should I consider?
Dr. Sabour encourages you to consider the benefits of alternative filling materials such as composite resin. Many dentists today use composite resin because it:
- Looks natural, blending in with the natural tooth structure
- Does not expand and contract as traditional silver amalgam fillings do
- Is biocompatible with the human body
- Is made with materials that are not toxic to the human body
- Can be placed safely in just one appointment
- Does not require special steps to protect the patient and dental team from toxins
How do I find out more about composite resin dental fillings?
If you live around Flower Mound, TX, and are interested in learning more about replacing your silver amalgam fillings with tooth-colored composite resin fillings, it may be time to connect with the team at The Dental Studio about your options. Call (214) 393-6835 to request a visit at the office at 2261 Olympia Drive, Suite #300, and open to new and returning patients and families.