Many people with mercury fillings are having them replaced due to the damage they can do to the structure of the teeth, as well as health concerns. Dr. Sahra Kanji offer other dental restoration options at their mercury-free dental practice in Calgary, Alberta.
Mercury Amalgam Risks
A plethora of research has shown that the health of your teeth and gums can be directly traced to your overall general health. Likewise, mercury has been linked to health concerns for a number of years, yet fillings put in your mouth still contained trace amounts of this metal.
One of the concerns is that mercury fillings expand and contract with temperature fluctuations. This eventually weakens the structure of your teeth, which can cause your teeth to break or decay. Mercury fillings also require removing large parts of your teeth. By drilling into the soft dentin to insert the mercury filling, the surrounding tooth structure may be significantly damaged. A fracture of your tooth may eventually require a dental crown or even root canal.
Alternatives to mercury fillings include tooth-colored fillings made from composite materials or resin. Dr. Kanji will discuss options with you to determine which treatment will work best for your individual oral health concerns and dental needs.
Advantages of Tooth Colored Fillings
- Tooth-colored fillings bond to your tooth and strengthen it, while mercury fillings do not, and weaken it
- Tooth-colored fillings look more like your natural tooth and are less noticeable, while mercury fillings are noticed by others
- Mercury fillings are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, but tooth colored fillings are less so
- Tooth-colored fillings require removing less of the natural tooth structure than does a filling with mercury amalgam
If you would like to learn more about the mercury-free Calgary, Alberta office of experienced dentists Dr. Sahra Kanji, please contact their office today.