As an adult, I’ve developed a metal allergy. I had some health problems and ended up being sent to an allergist. He determined my metal allergies, several of which are in my amalgam fillings. I asked my dentist to remove and replace them, but he insists it’s too dangerous. Yet, I’m pretty sure it’s more dangerous to leave in what I’m allergic too. What do I do?
My guess is your dentist doesn’t understand how to do a sanitary amalgam removal. If that’s the case, then yes, it would be dangerous for him to remove and replace your fillings. It’s fortunate he’s honest with you about his limitations instead of just doing what you want and putting you in danger.
I don’t know if he is unaware or just didn’t want you going elsewhere, but it is possible for you to safely get these removed with a different dentist who does know the proper procedure. With sanitary amalgam removal you’d be perfectly safe. So, how do you go about finding the right dentist?
The easiest way is to look for a mercury-free dentist. They work exclusively with white composite fillings. They should also be used to people wanting to switch out their fillings and be prepared to take the proper precautions.
Considerations When Switching to Mercury-free Fillings
While the most important consideration is what we discussed above, there is also a cosmetic issue. If you’ve ever considered getting your teeth whitened and your current fillings are visible, you’ll want to whiten your teeth before replacing them.
You’ll love the fact that your new composite fillings can be made to match your tooth color, once they’re bonded on the color cannot be changed. YOu’ll want it to match your new lovely white color.
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