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Removing and Replacing Old Metal Fillings
When a new cavity needs filling, the vast majority of patients now choose tooth-colored composite fillings. Many patients also opt for the removal of their amalgam fillings as well. These patients want to enhance their cosmetic appearance by ridding their mouths of unsightly silver fillings and replacing them with tooth-colored composite fillings. This simple procedure is an easy way to make a big difference in your smile.
Side Effects Associated with Silver Amalgam Fillings
Silver amalgam fillings contain about 50 percent mercury, a chemical that has been scientifically shown to be more toxic than lead, cadmium, or arsenic. The possibility of mercury leaking from amalgam fillings over time has prompted a movement toward mercury-free dentistry. The mercury in silver amalgam fillings is thought to leave the filling and enter the organs of the body in small amounts throughout life. Some medical practitioners believe this mercury is causing physical and psychological problems in patients. These include neurodegenerative diseases, birth defects, and mental disorders. The debate is ongoing but many patients are opting to remove their amalgam fillings in order to improve their appearance and ease their minds.
Cost of Composite White Fillings
The cost of white fillings can vary. If a silver filling is chipped or cracked, dental insurance may pay for part of the cost of replacement. Replacing amalgam fillings with tooth-colored composite fillings is a simple procedure that can make a big difference in your smile.
Large fillings especially on molars or back teeth are recommended for a crown to further protect the tooth from breaking off.
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