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What Is the Filling of Amalgam?

Posted on 10/10/2022 by Evan
What Is the Filling of Amalgam?Dental amalgam is composed of metals that are used to repair holes in a tooth. It is sometimes referred to as a "silver-filling" due to its look. Mercury makes up about half of the dental amalgam in terms of weight.

Is Dental Amalgam Safe?

Depending on factors including the number and age of existing fillings, as well as activities like grinding teeth and chewing gum, dental amalgam fillings may emit trace amounts of mercury in the form of a vapor. While swallowing tiny pieces of dental amalgam poses no recognized health hazards, certain patients may experience discomfort from inhaling mercury fumes. People who have many dental amalgam fillings typically have somewhat higher blood or urine mercury levels, although these levels typically stay at a range that is regarded as safe.

Should Dental Amalgam Fillings Be Removed?

The removal of your amalgam filling is advised if it is in a bad state. Our dentists and doctors have determined that no damages exist below the amalgam. This is due to the possibility that taking out stuck amalgam fillings may lead to a temporary increase in a person's exposure to mercury vapor from the removal procedure. Strongly supported amalgam fillings need to not be taken out in order to avoid health risks. This includes those at higher risk like pregnant or nursing mothers and children.

You should talk to your dentist or doctor about the need for removal and replacement if you have a health condition. In addition to dental filling materials, several other factors affect how long a filling or tooth will last. You should keep up a healthy diet, practice good oral hygiene, and schedule routine dental appointments if you want your teeth and fillings to last as long as possible. For more information call or visit our clinic today.
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