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Is It Safe to Remove Mercury Fillings?

November 17, 2021
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Posted By: Sinick Family Dental
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A mercury filling, also called silver or amalgam, is excellent for filling a tooth after cavity treatment. However, many patients want tooth-colored fillings in Medina, OH because they are aesthetically pleasing and don’t draw attention to treatment.

In fact, many patients want to remove their silver fillings and have them restored with the tooth-colored option.

Replacing Mercury Fillings: How Safe Is It?

Mercury fillings have been used for decades in the treatment of cavities without concern. The American Dental Association and dentists agree that mercury fillings are both safe and effective. In addition, the mercury found in these fillings is negligible and equal to the trace mercury you’d find in any number of products.

However, if you’re considering removing these fillings for cosmetic reasons or because you’re sensitive to mercury, it is safe to do so. Your Medina, OH dentist can typically restore these old fillings with flattering composite varieties designed to match your smile.

Of course, even better than tooth-colored fillings are no cavities at all.

Lower Your Cavity Risks   

People of all ages get cavities—not just children. To lower your risks for tooth decay, it’s crucial to see your dentist every six months for comprehensive dental checkups and teeth cleanings. If you notice changes between visits, including tooth pain or sensitivity, it’s important to give us a call.

Besides regular dental visits, you should be brushing and flossing your teeth after each meal. If this isn’t doable, at least brush and floss twice daily.

Other helpful tips include cutting down on sugary and acidic snacks and beverages.

Between your efforts and those of your top Medina dentist, you can expect a healthy smile at your next dental checkup.

For Dental Fillings, Contact Us

If you’re considering changing your old fillings for the more aesthetic tooth-colored option, give us a call today. Also, reach out to a team member if you have any questions about fillings or other restorations.

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