Metal amalgam fillings have been used for over a hundred years. They are mercury bound in alloys including silver, copper, and tin. They are extremely effective in keeping cavities from completely destroying the structure of the tooth. However, people with amalgam fillings often want to find out about replacing them.

Some people who have metal amalgam fillings may want them replaced for various reasons. With the alternative being white or porcelain fillings that match your existing teeth, removing dark, ugly fillings can seem like a good idea.

Another reason people with amalgam fillings want them removed is because of the way they expand contract with temperature. This weakens the tooth by causing cracks in the structure that can then cause the tooth to break, or the filling to fall out.

One reason more and more people are looking to replace their amalgam fillings is over health concerns. Mercury has been tied to serious health problems and is a toxin by itself. Getting this out of your body may seem very important, especially if you have other health concerns going on. However, there has been no conclusive link between mercury in dental amalgam and ill health.

So, the short answer is yes, you can get your amalgam fillings removed. The longer answer is should you get them removed?

If you have not had any trouble with your fillings, and you see your dentists for your biannual checkup regularly, you may not have to be too concerned about cracks or broken teeth. The hygienist and your dentist can see any cracks on xrays taken of your teeth. Be sure to let them know if you are concerned about this, though.

Dr. Marzban’s Burke, Virginia area cosmetic dentistry practice is metal-free, meaning she will not use amalgam fillings. She can remove them on a case-by-case basis.

If you have concerns about your amalgam fillings and would like to have them removed, please contact experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban, DDS for an initial consultation at her Burke, Virginia area practice today.