This is a very common question and it’s one that is difficult to give a definitive yes or no answer. Although there has been no conclusive research that shows that silver mercury fillings are harmful to your health (regarding mercury leaking), in our experience we have seen a lot of problems that occur underneath these old fillings. These are problems are not easily observed from the surface or with X-Rays and is primarily to do with decay getting under the fillings and cracks in the teeth.
A common misconception is that a silver or mercury filling will last forever. Amalgam is one of the most durable filling materials, but amalgam fillings don’t last forever. Some may last for more than a decade, but others can begin to fail in as little as few years. At some point in time, the filling loses its “seal”. Just like a cork in a wine bottle. When the cork is no longer sealing out the air, the wine spoils. Similarly, when a filling is no longer sealed, a tiny, microscopic gap forms between the tooth and the filling.
Commen Reasons For Failing Amalgam Fillings ( Mercury) !
The Advantages Of Tooth Coloured Fillings
As composites have evolved, they have become the restoration of choice for fillings. In our office, we only use composite restorations for fillings because we can perform a better, more conservative, safer, and more cosmetically pleasing treatment.
Dedicated To Creating And Preserving Beautiful Smiles In A safe And Secure Environment
At our Holistic Dental practice, your safety is our top concern. Years ago, it was common for dentists to use materials containing mercury in procedures such as tooth fillings. Mercury, even in small amounts, has been shown to have potential health risks. Our cosmetic dentists only utilise mercury-free composite materials for dental fillings, which are not only safer for our patients, but also creates a more natural, “tooth-coloured” effect. By eliminating mercury-based materials, we are able to minimize toxins and reduce hazardous waste, ultimately helping our patients and the environment.