One of our main aims at The Smile Practice is to take the stress out of your dental treatment. If you’re concerned about the potential risks mercury fillings could pose to your general health, we’re here to help. Your old fillings will be replaced in a safe, relaxed environment.
Why should old mercury fillings be removed?
In the past, dentists used mercury fillings to treat cavities and tooth decay. In today’s dentistry white fillings are a more popular choice and these are safer as mercury fillings release low levels of mercury vapour into the bloodstream and kidneys. Mercury has been linked with brain damage, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease and allergic reactions to mercury can cause skin rashes and sores in the mouth. Although reports suggest that only high levels of mercury vapour can cause serious damage, it is better to avoid mercury amalgam fillings.
Is it safe to remove mercury fillings?
Yes, it is completely safe for a dentist to remove mercury fillings. Dentists at The Smile Practice specialise in amalgam removal and are trained to provide patients with the safest treatment possible.
Your safety comes first at The Smile Practice and our professionals take every precaution to make sure you are not exposed to the toxic chemicals found in mercury during the removal process. Before any treatment begins you will be assessed for suitability. We use state of the art instruments to remove mercury vapour and particles safely and efficiently.
Are white fillings safer?
Your mercury fillings will be replaced with white fillings, a much safer and more attractive solution. These fillings are made from bonded resins, which do not put your health at risk. They also blend in with your natural tooth shade, so nobody will notice them when you smile, talk or laugh.
When should you have your mercury fillings removed?
If mercury fillings are worn, cracked or subject to sever decay beneath the metal filling, they should be removed as soon as possible. If patients are concerned about the effects of mercury on their health, they should book an appointment to remove the mercury filling.