There’s a lot of talk about the effects of mercury on our health. Mercury is naturally found on the earth, but too much of it may negatively affect your health, according to the World Health Organization.
You’ve no doubt heard that you should be careful about eating too much fish that’s high in mercury. Just to be safe, you might have cut back on your tuna intake.
More recently, you may have heard concerns about mercury fillings and whether it’s safe to expose your mouth and your body to this element.
We Care About Your Health and Your Fillings!
Your concerns and your safety are very important to us at Grand Dental, and your fillings are no exception! That’s why we are the only office in the Grand Junction area that offers safe removal of mercury-containing fillings. We also provide fillings with alternative substances that are safe for your mouth.
What Are Amalgam Fillings?
Do you have one of those silver-colored fillings in your mouth? That’s an amalgam filling. Dental amalgam is made from several different metals that give it its color. Although fillings made from amalgam are inexpensive, durable, and effective, they do contain mercury. Some people worry that the mercury can leak into the rest of your body.
So what do you do if you or your child has a cavity and needs a filling, but you don’t want one with mercury in it? Or what if you or your child already has a silver filling and don’t want to expose your body to mercury? You might even just hate how that silver filling shows when you smile.
Have no fear—we have a solution, both for alternative fillings and for removal of amalgam fillings.
The Amalgam Filling Alternative: Tooth-Colored Fillings
Safe, Mercury-Free Materials
Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resins, are the same color as your teeth and are made of composite resin, zirconium, or porcelain. These materials are biocompatible, meaning the material they’re made of is similar to what your body would naturally produce, so they won’t do any damage to living tissue that surrounds them.
Tooth-colored fillings can take a little bit longer to finish than amalgam fillings but obviously have no chance of exposing you to mercury. These types of fillings are good for smaller or medium-sized cavities.
As you might have guessed from their name, tooth-colored fillings have the added benefit of looking natural. If your filling is going to be visible when you smile, this is a great option for keeping your smile nice and white! Plus, you don’t have to worry about anyone seeing your silver filling and assuming you don’t take care of your teeth!
How Can You Safely Get Rid of My Amalgam Fillings?
Say you have an amalgam filling that you want to get rid of. We can take care of this for you safely so you don’t have to worry that you’ll be exposed to the mercury as it’s coming out of your mouth.
Examination and Safe Amalgam Removal
First, Dr. Benefield will examine your mouth and your fillings. He’ll also perform tests that can help determine if mercury might be unsafe for you, as well as X-rays or CT scans. Then he’ll carefully take the amalgam filling out and keep you safe by suctioning and flushing out the material with water.
Then he’ll take the composite resin and put it in layers where the amalgam filling was at, using a light to harden the material as each layer is placed. After that, he’ll compact the material to fit in your tooth, clean it up, and shine it so that it looks like your tooth.
We’ll use local anesthesia to make sure the process isn’t painful. We promise to make your visit as comfortable as possible, but if you’re really anxious about getting dental work done like some of our patients are, we can offer sedation or nitrous oxide to help calm your nerves.
Your Filling Needs Are Just a Call or Click Away
If you’re concerned about your mercury filling or your child’s mercury filling, Grand Dental wants to help! Call ustoday or fill our our online form for an appointment. While you’re here, don’t forget to ask us about ways to prevent cavities so that you might never have to bother with a filling again!