Frankton Dental

Amalgam Fillings

There are very aesthetic alternatives to Dental Amalgam, but Dental Amalgam remains a cost effective and durable restorative material.

What is Dental Amalgam?

Dental amalgam is a blend of materials such as silver, copper and tin. Mercury binds these metals together, providing a strong, hard, durable 'silver' filling for your teeth. Dental amalgam is less expensive than other materials.

Do amalgam fillings release mercruy?

If you have amalgam fillings, mercury vapours may be released when you chew vigorously or grind your teeth. The amount of vapour released from fillings is extremely small. There is no valid scientific evidence that associates this tiny amount of mercury vapour with any health problems.

Is the mercury in my metal fillings safe?

Mercury used in fillings is safe for most people. Authorities such as the British Dental Association, US Public Health Service, FDI World Dental Federation and World Health Organisation state that amalgam has been used for more than 150 years in millions of patients and no controlled studies have shown adverse health effects, except for rare cases of mercury allergy.

I've heard that people are cured from illness when amalgam fillings are removed- is this true?

Stories of overnight cures from serious disease have never been supported by sound scientific evaluation. If you are concerned about your amalgam fillings your dentist will be happy to discuss the benefits and risks of replacing them.

What are the alternatives to amalgam fillings?

Composite fillings are tooth coloured and can be used for front and back teeth. Large composite fillings generally don't last as long as amalgam, but this should be weighed up against their excellent appearance and any concerns you may have about mercury release. Composites are effective if they are not very wide, and only involve one or two surfaces of the tooth.

Gold or porcelain inlays and onlays are very effective filling materials due to their strength and long term durability. They are more expensive than other materials.

To find out what treatment is best for you, and the costs involved, please call us to book an appointment.

 

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Thank you for your ongoing support, we hope you are safe and well in this uncertain time.
This week we have our reception staff working from home with remote computer and phone access at Level 3. We will be able to respond to your voice message within 24 hours and we are starting to take bookings for an anticipated level 2 from Monday the 18th of May.
Existing bookings will be honoured and missed appointments will be prioritised according to urgency. This week for existing patients, we will be offering complimentary booked telephone consultations with your dentist for any concerns that cannot be answered by our friendly reception team. We understand that there may be a bottleneck for patient appointments once we descend into level 2 and want to assure you that we will be working hard for everyone to be triaged and seen in a timely manner.
Thank you again for the continued support, we all can’t wait to be back in the clinic properly to care for you again.
Please call 034422711 or email frankton.dental@xtra.co.nz to make a booking at level 2.