With all the news today about mercury and the effect on health, it is natural to question whether you should worry about your old amalgam fillings that contain mercury. Despite the fact that the American Dental Association has said that the small amounts of mercury in fillings are within the safe range for humans, many people still do not like the idea of having them in their mouths.
Generally, unless a filling is breaking down, we do not recommend removing it. Amalgam fillings are often larger than their composite counterparts because they require a larger portion of your tooth to be removed to place them. Disrupting them may cause your tooth to fracture, requiring a dental crown.
Removing silver fillings requires us to eliminate them from your tooth. If you do want them removed for cosmetic reasons, or just as a preference, we will use a rubber dam to prevent your from ingesting any amalgam material.
Most restorations, especially those placed early in life will require replacement at some point because they wear down or crack. When that time comes, we will gladly replace your amalgam fillings with a composite restoration or protective dental crown to improve your appearance while still providing strength and protection to your smile.