There is growing concern that amalgam fillings, which contain mercury, pose a serious risk to health. Due to recent studies, many patients are now pursuing the removal of amalgam fillings in order to mitigate the risks associated with mercury vapor.
Speak to a Dentist
At Sair Dental, your dentist will carry out a comprehensive examination to determine whether removing amalgam fillings would be beneficial for you. If the amalgam filling is fully intact, removing it may cause oral health issues that wouldn’t have existed otherwise.
Examples of oral health problems that may occur due to a dentist removing amalgam fillings may include: damage to a healthy tooth, exposure to bacteria, infections and an unprotected tooth suffering from decay. In these cases, it is best to leave the amalgam filling in place. Your dentist will continue to monitor it as part of your regular checkups.
Removing Amalgam Fillings
Your dentist at Sair Dental may recommend removing an amalgam filling if there is a risk to oral or overall health. We closely monitor amalgam fillings and the surrounding teeth and gums. Compromised amalgam fillings offer little protection for teeth. This can result in a number of potentially serious oral health problems.
It is the dentist’s job to evaluate the need to remove or replace amalgam fillings based on your oral health and the potential for issues arising due to the filling material. A careful assessment is needed to ensure removal is appropriate in your case.
Speaking to a dentist is a part of the consultation process. However, the condition of your amalgam fillings will determine the course of your treatment plan. At Sair Dental, we understand your concerns and will provide you with all the information and education you need to care for your teeth, when you have amalgam fillings.
Your dental team will also provide advice on recognizing when an amalgam filling is damaged and poses a threat. If you have any questions, we are always happy to provide you with the answers you need. You can also pick your dentist’s brain during your regular checkups at our offices.
Although there is a risk to health from mercury exposure, Sair Dental has the tools and an experienced team of dental professionals on staff to support our patients. If you are worried about amalgam fillings, make an appointment today with a compassionate dentist who has your best interests in mind. Your oral health is always the top priority at Sair Dental.