Amalgam or ‘silver’ fillings were once very common but due to concerns about their mercury content, they have been superseded by white composite fillings. People are also choosing to replace amalgam fillings to remove the potential risk from their body.
At Sunshine Coast Smile Centre we recommend replacing worn, chipped or broken amalgam fillings with white composite fillings. They also look nicer in your mouth than the old silver filling. Many patients are also choosing to have their existing amalgam fillings replaced solely due to the mercury concerns. Either way, we welcome such patients and can provide a safe amalgam filling removal service at our clinic.
As mentioned, the main concern with amalgam fillings centres on how much mercury is released from the filling, and how much of these mercury particles or mercury vapour the body absorbs. Research on this topic is very complex and several reviews have concluded that any amount of mercury released from amalgam in the mouth is very low. Where however do you set a limit on what is acceptable.
When removing amalgam fillings we take extra precautions and care to minimise exposure to mercury vapor. To do this we have the most modern equipment to prevent patient and dentist exposure alike.
Appointments To Remove Amalgam Fillings
If you want to have existing amalgam fillings replaced, it is best to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists. We can inspect the integrity of your current fillings and provide experienced advice before any removal. Please phone Sunshine Coast Smile Centre on (07) 5443 2800 to make a booking or to find out more.