I’ve got a new dentist. My old one retired. This excited young fellow has taken his place. I have all the respect for his energy and optimism. In fact, I find it infectious. However, he’s really against silver fillings and wants to remove mine. I’ve had it for years and it’s never bothered me. Is this really as important as he feels it is?
Ramanujan S. – California
A youthful spirit is a wonderful thing. While, often, they bring new theories. In this case, he is not alone. While the ADA does still say that amalgam (silver) fillings are safe, there are studies that show they release mercury into your system. Plus, as they age, they’re more likely to leak.
With white composite fillings readily available, why not use them? It sounds like your new dentist is a mercury free dentist. As such, he’ll know how to do a sanitary amalgam removal, which will protect you from mercury vapors from the filling during the removal process.
Additionally, I believe you’ll find the composite fillings are much better for your teeth. They strengthen your teeth, while the silver fillings weaken them. Also, composite fillings don’t conduct hot/cold the way your silver fillings do. So, no more zings when you eat or drink.
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