Amalgam removal is becoming more common now that composite filling materials have grown in popularity and use. There are a number of reasons for this shift in popularity. Amalgam fillings do not blend in with the teeth and can actually be quite ugly if they are visible. Amalgam was once more popular because of how easy it was to use and the cheap cost when compared with composites. Composites have improved in both of these areas. There has been a great deal of debate over the use of amalgam fillings and many dentists are switching over to the exclusive use of composites.
Another reason Amalgam removal is growing in popularity is due to the potential health issues involved in the use of amalgam fillings. These fillings use mercury, a toxic substance. A great deal of argument exists over whether or not this mercury leaks into the human body and causes health issues. Many patients would rather not risk any potential health problems and would rather go with composite fillings.
Improving a smile can often be achieved by removing the amalgam tooth. Many older patients have a large amount of amalgam fillings in the mouth and this has a big impact on their smiles. Removing the amalgam and replacing it with composites helps instantly create a smile that looks natural.
If you would like to learn more about amalgam removal and would like to speak with one of Seattle’s Top Dentist, don’t hesitate to give our office a call 206-682-8200 to make an appointment.