Amalgam Fillings: Fact or Fiction?

Facts 1Composite resin is not a new material in cosmetic dentistry. In fact, tooth-colored composites have played an important role in improving the cosmetic appearance of fillings over the years. You may even have a composite filling in your mouth as your read this. There are more than 100 different forms of composite resin material to work with. That said, composite compounds have not completely replaced silver amalgam fillings in some dental offices. Even with the abounding concerns which many people have regarding mercury poisoning from amalgam, the field of dentistry has not abolished the material entirely. Palatine cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg will speak about some facts vs. fiction regarding amalgam in dentistry.

Fact or Fiction: Mercury Poisoning is a Valid (and Dangerous) Concern

Fiction: The truth of the matter is, more mercury is released from removing a mercury-containing amalgam filling then you will be exposed to if you just keep it in your mouth. When we replace metal fillings, we require isolation using a rubber dam, Isolite system, or scavenger system. This keeps mercury vapors from being inhaled. There is also a risk of swallowing pieces of the old fillings. However, mercury is low on the list of concerns. To put things in perspective, dentists used to mix mercury containing metals with their bare hands. No known health issues resulted.

Fact or Fiction: Dr. Engelberg Offers Amalgam and Composite Fillings

Fiction: Dr. Engelberg has not placed an amalgam filling for over 10 years, but this is only because of his commitment to having dental restorations with high quality and cosmetic appeal. An incorrectly placed composite resin filling is potentially much more damaging than an amalgam filling. Tooth decay and tooth sensitivity are consistent issues if you opt for a dentist who is not meticulous in his or her restorative work on patients. Dr. Engelberg is committed to providing you with the healthiest, safest, and most attractive dental work, so his plan will usually be a nice tooth-colored filling, expertly placed.

White Fillings from Palatine Cosmetic Dentist

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