Amalgam is a metal (alloy) dental filling that composes mercury, silver, tin, copper, and other trace metals. One benefit of the amalgam filling is that it is strong and long-lasting. Many years ago, amalgam filling was the only option in treating tooth decay. Today, there are alternatives to amalgam fillings, and amalgam filling replacement is becoming more and more common.
Modern dentistry now uses tooth-colored (or white) filling such as composite and glass ionomer fillings. The composite filling is composed of acrylic resin and glass mixture. Glass ionomer filling is made of a glass powder containing fluoride and organic acid. The benefit of a tooth-colored filling is it acts like the teeth; therefore, it bonds well with the teeth. This results in it being durable and natural-looking.
The benefits of amalgam filling replacement include:
• Natural-Looking Teeth: The replacement of amalgam filling with the tooth-colored filling provides an aesthetic advantage. The white filling offers the benefit of natural-looking teeth. The natural-looking teeth will give you the benefit of a bright and white smile.
• Removes Any Health Risk Mercury Can Cause: The mercury content in amalgam filling causes health concerns for many. Dental patients with mercury filling may be found to have a higher concentration of mercury in their bodies than those who do not have this alloy filling. Amalgam filling replacement with a tooth-colored filling removes the possible health risk that is posed by the mercury-containing alloy.
• Strengthens the Teeth: Amalgam filling fills the teeth without bonding to it. The lack of bonding caused by the amalgam filling creates different density levels in the teeth; therefore, the natural teeth can be damaged by the metals of amalgam when a force is applied.
• Prevents Further Tooth Decay: After many years of biting, chewing, grinding, etc., dental fillings eventually get chipped, cracked, or dislocated from the teeth. Dental fillings that are damaged create openings within the teeth. These openings are traps for food particles as well as entrances for bacteria to do its work of decay on the teeth. Replacing a damaged amalgam filling prevents further teeth decay. If the metal filling is damaged, take advantage of the opportunity to replace it with the safer and more attractive tooth-colored filling.
If you would like to learn more about amalgam filling replacement, make an appointment at Brevard Smiles, located in Indian Harbour Beach and Rockledge, FL. Contact us today to book your dental appointment.