Concerns over the safety of old mercury amalgam fillings have increased as many patients focus more on their overall health and well-being. At one point, these silver fillings were your only option if you needed a restoration treatment from tooth decay. However, most dental practices no longer offer amalgam billings, partly due to associated health risks.
While mercury is considered toxic to our health, research studies have shown that mercury levels from amalgam fillings are not a direct cause of illnesses. Mercury is a chemical element present in water sources, in the air, and in many of the foods we eat, like seafood. Too much contact with this metal may be harmful to your health and lead to symptoms such as anxiety, mood swings, memory loss, headaches, and body weakness.
With advancements in technology and materials, modern dental professionals tend to avoid metal fillings. Instead, they prefer to work with more natural and aesthetically-pleasing materials, such as tooth-colored composite resin, which is non-toxic and bio-compatible.
How your Health Can Be Affected
Mercury poisoning is the result of being exposed to too much mercury, either through diet or environmental factors. Mercury is a heavy metal that is highly toxic to humans.
Too much contact with this metal may be harmful to your health and affect the nervous system, leading to neurological symptoms.
Symptoms and Early Warning Signs of Mercury Poisoning
Can be securely bonded to your tooth’s surface and last for decades
Can be quickly and safely repaired or replaced
Match the natural color of your teeth so your restoration isn’t visible
Benefits of Having Old Mercury Fillings Replaced
Many patients who decide on having old silver fillings removed value the benefits of eliminating mercury from the body. By removing old mercury fillings, you’re gaining the valuable benefits of:
Avoiding potential exposure to being in direct contact with mercury.
Reducing the risk of being exposed to mercury vapors from chewing gum or eating hard foods
Having peace of mind in knowing your mouth is free of potentially toxic elements
Gaining the aesthetic benefits of natural-looking composite fillings
Finding immediate relief of any symptoms related to mercury poisoning
If your old metal fillings are worn, cracked, or severe tooth decay is beneath a filling, consider replacing them with non-toxic composite. For more information about mercury’s safety and what you can expect during the replacement process, contact Hinsdale Dentistry today.