What are mercury fillings?
Traditional mercury fillings, or dental amalgam, is a combination of metals that is commonly used to fill cavities. Although mercury amalgam has been used in dentistry for the last 150 years, it frequently has its fair share of problems. For instance, the condition of amalgam fillings often worsens as they age, causing them to corrode and tarnish. Worn or broken fillings should be replaced by your dentist.
Are mercury fillings safe?
Over the years, several studies have raised some concerns regarding the safety of mercury in amalgam fillings. That being said, in 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluated this body of research and concluded that amalgam fillings are safe for adults and children ages 6 and above.
It is also possible for an individual to have sensitivity or an allergic reaction to amalgam fillings. This issue can cause discomfort and swelling in the mouth and should be addressed by a dental expert. If your mercury fillings are causing you trouble, call Treasured Smiles Dentistry today and schedule a consultation.
Mercury filling removal
Due to their metallic properties, mercury fillings don’t match the natural white color of human teeth. This dark, dull appearance can feel unnatural and unattractive. Fortunately, Treasured Smiles Dentistry specializes in mercury amalgam removal. We’ll replace your dark, unwanted fillings with a more natural looking material to give your teeth the look you’ve always wanted.
Contact Treasured Smiles Dentistry today!
If your amalgam fillings are worn, broken, or if there is decay beneath the filling, you should get your mercury fillings replaced. Visit one of our expert dentists at Treasured Smiles in Frankfort, IL to discuss your options. We’ll help you restore your beautiful, sparkling smile. Simply call us at (815) 906-1600 or visit our contact page to set up an appointment online.