Understanding Old Fillings
Dental fillings are a frequent treatment for tooth decay. Over the years, materials used for fillings have evolved, with amalgam being one of the oldest. Amalgam ones, which are made from a mixture of metals such as silver, mercury, tin, and copper, have been used for over a century due to their longevity and strength. Nevertheless, aesthetic concerns and the presence of mercury have led numerous patients to look into alternative treatments.
Reasons for Replacing Old Fillings
There are various reasons why you might consider replacing your old fillings:
- Wear and Tear: Over time, they can crack, chip, or wear down. This can potentially lead to decay under or around the filling.
- Cosmetic Concerns: Amalgam fillings are noticeable when you smile or open your mouth, which may not be ideal for everyone.
- Health Concerns: Some people are concerned about the potential health risks of mercury in amalgam ones despite scientific consensus that the levels released are too low to cause harm.
Addressing Concerns About Amalgam Removal
Due to the mercury content, the procedure of amalgam filling removal raised safety concerns. Smile Dental takes these issues seriously and follows strict standards to reduce exposure to mercury vapour throughout the removal process. This includes the use of high-powered suction, protective barriers, and, in some cases, air filtration systems to ensure the safety of both patients and staff.
The Process of Replacing Old Fillings
Replacing old fillings involves several steps:
- Assessment: The first step is to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your existing ones and the overall health of your teeth to decide the best course of action.
- Removal: If replacement is deemed necessary, the old filling is carefully removed, taking precautions to minimize exposure to any harmful substances.
- Choice of Material: You’ll have the option to choose a new filling material. Composite resin is a popular alternative due to its tooth-like appearance and mercury-free composition.
- Filling Placement: The new filling is then carefully placed, shaped, and polished to restore the tooth’s natural appearance and function.
Aftercare and Considerations
After replacing old fillings, some patients may experience temporary sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. This usually subsides after a few weeks. To ensure the longevity of your new fillings, you should practice proper oral hygiene and have frequent dental check-ups.
At Smile Dental in St. Clair, Toronto, we understand the concerns and needs of our patients regarding old fillings. Whether for cosmetic, health, or functional reasons, replacing old or damaged ones is a routine treatment that can significantly enhance your dental health and confidence in your smile. If you have any questions or would want to explore replacing your amalgam fillings, please get in touch with us. Your smile, health, and comfort are our priority!