Amalgam Removal in Tijuana Mexico
Amalgam fillings have been around for many years and are popular as an affordable way of filling decayed teeth. Recently, however, there has been growing concern about the effectiveness of this traditional filling material. Today, removing amalgam fillings and replacing them with tooth-colored fillings has become a popular move for many people.
Are Amalgam Fillings Dangerous?
There’s a growing concern about whether or not amalgam fillings are bad for your health. The fear is that mercury in the fillings might seep into the bloodstream via the tooth and cause mercury poisoning.
This concern is not conclusively supported by available information. Whether or not mercury from fillings is causing negative effects on people’s health is still not clear. The FDA still considers amalgam fillings safe for patients aged six and up.
Why Remove Amalgam Fillings?
Even though there’s inconclusive evidence regarding the safety of amalgam fillings, there are legitimate concerns about their effectiveness.
There are two main issues when it comes to amalgam fillings and the long-term health of your teeth:
Firstly, amalgam fillings are opaque to X-Rays. Basically, an X-Ray machine can’t see through them. This means decay and cracks in the teeth around amalgam fillings can’t be seen on X-Ray. This allows problems to develop into serious issues before they’re finally caught.
Secondly, amalgam fillings can contribute to teeth cracking. Silver amalgam fillings don’t bond to the surrounding teeth. Instead, the material is packed into place. This essentially forms a wedge of material in an already damaged tooth. If the filling is too large, it effectively acts as a wedge every time you bite down. Pressure is distributed unevenly, which ultimately results in the tooth becoming cracked.
How likely a filling is to lead to a crack depends on the size of the filling. If the filling is about the third the size of the tooth, it’s unlikely to crack the tooth. If it’s over that size, the likelihood goes up significantly.
Alternatives to Amalgam Fillings
There are several alternatives to amalgam fillings.
Composite fillings are made of a mixture of powdered glass and acrylic resin. They can be shaded to match the color of your teeth, so you don’t have to worry about the fillings being very noticeable.
A downside to composite fillings is that the materials aren’t as durable as either amalgam or porcelain. They’re great for small fillings, but for larger restorative works they aren’t particularly long-lived. A composite filling can last from 5-7 years; amalgam, by contrast, lasts around 12.
Porcelain fillings are more durable than composite fillings and are the closest-looking to real teeth. However, while they’re more durable than porcelain, they’re not as durable as the last option:
Gold. Many people think gold fillings are for people who are looking to add flare to their mouths, but the reality is gold is the most durable filling options available. They certainly don’t look natural, but they can last for over two decades.
If you have amalgam fillings and would like them removed, talk to our team today about the best course of action, and the best replacement, for you.