Dental fillings are nothing to worry about. In fact, most people will require dental fillings at some point in their lives. Dental fillings will not require as complex of a procedure as some people believe. Nonetheless, people still have some fear and trepidation about the procedure. Below is information on dental fillings and the process…
Need a Cavity Filled? Pros and Cons of Mercury Fillings
Thinking you might choose mercury fillings to get your cavity filled? Yes, when you have a cavity nowadays you are able to choose from a number of different filling choices. While not every filling choice may work for you, understanding your options is beneficial when it comes to knowing what is being put in your mouth. Mercury fillings are also known as silver fillings, amalgam fillings and metal fillings and have been used to fill cavities for more than 100 years now.
Pros and cons of mercury fillings
The fact that this type of filling is made using a variety of metals has people wondering about the health effects of having mercury in their mouth. This was not such a common concern until fairly recently, as more and more people are making many of their dental choices based on how it will affect their health. Now that modern advances in dental technologies allow for improved dental care choices, dental patients have more choices today when it comes to improving their dental health. Here are the pros and cons of mercury fillings:
Pro #1 – a mercury filling is one of the longest lasting types of fillings a patient can choose as they can last up to about 15 years
Pro #2 – a mercury filling is much stronger than other types of fillings and therefore can resist any damage from constant chewing and even teeth grinding
Pro #3 – a mercury filling is more affordable
Pro #4 – a mercury filling makes the adjacent teeth more resistant to getting a cavities
Con #1 – a mercury filling is going to be larger than other filling choices available
Con #2 – a mercury filling is very noticeable as it looks like metal
Con #3 – a mercury filling could cause an allergic reaction to occur in dental patients that are allergic to one or more different types of metals
Con #4 – there are potential health hazards that come with having a mercury filling in the mouth
Can we help you?
Can we answer any other questions you have about mercury fillings? You really need to get your cavities filled as soon as possible and that means you need to make a choice about which of the filling options available you want to use. If we can answer any questions for you that will help you make a choice, feel free to call us when you have a few moments free. Our experienced team of dental professionals is always available to educate people on all the different facets of oral health. We are here for you if you need us!
Looking for mercury fillings near the 30022 area? Call Old Alabama Dental Care at (770) 200-4032.
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