Fillings 101: The Facts & Fiction
Patients often come to us with questions about dental fillings. There seems to a lot of confusion in this area of dental care and the fog of fiction continues to blur the facts. Fortunately, there continues to be comprehensive research taking place within the dental field to help provide guidance to patients. It’s important to understand the dental process with comprehensive awareness and clarity. And so in this blog, we’ll highlight the prevailing myths surrounding the industry while separating fact from fiction.
Fiction: Dental amalgam fillings release mercury vapors that are harmful to the body.
Fact: Amalgam fillings may release a tiny amount of mercury under the pressure of chewing or grinding. However, there has been no scientific research to indicate that this level of low exposure is harmful to the body. The studies show that it would require the person to have at least 500 fillings for even the slightest symptoms of mercury exposure to occur. This highlights how unlikely the chances of mercury exposure are for those patients using dental amalgam fillings.
Fiction: All fillings must eventually be replaced.
Fact: Filings will only require replacement if the material breaks down or a cavity forms around the filling. Maintaining high levels of oral hygiene while following the instructions of dental professionals can ensure that a fillings longevity is maximized. Of course, it’s still important to have fillings checked regularly by a professional to ensure there is no structural damage or decay that could impede their performance.
Fiction: Dental amalgams are the only option available.
Fact: The dental industry is continually researching new products to ensure that fillings are more aesthetically-appealing and more durable. The industry has come a long way in the last few decades and one of the latest products available are white fillings. One of the leading advantages of white fillings is they can be closely matched to the natural colour of your teeth. And they can also be placed in areas where it would be more difficult to place an amalgam filling. They offer an effective solution for a broad range of filling applications.
By speaking with your local dental health professional, and turning to experienced experts when you have questions, you can avoid making faulty assumptions on dental fillings. To ensure your questions are answered by trusted professionals, speak with one of our team members directly.
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