Is It Safe to Remove Mercury Fillings from Your Teeth?
Although silver amalgam fillings have been the go-to cavity filler for over 150 years, there’s a growing concern today about their safety. Approximately 50% of a silver filling is composed of the toxic element mercury, combined with zinc, copper, and other metals to form an amalgam. Removing and replacing these fillings safely requires knowledge and skill. At the office of Richard D. Fischer, DDS, in Annandale, we offer safe and effective mercury removal to avoid accidental exposure to this toxic element when removing amalgam fillings from your teeth.
When is it necessary to remove Silver Fillings?
No filling lasts forever. Over time, dental fillings need to be replaced due to:
- Wear and tear
- Becoming loose
- Cracks in the material
- New decay around teeth
Old, worn fillings, cracked fillings, or loose fillings increase the risk of additional decay developing around your teeth. Once dental fillings are compromised, it’s necessary to replace them to protect and preserve your teeth.
As a mercury-free, holistic minded dentist, Dr. Richard Fischer is fully trained in safe mercury removal practices that minimize the risk of mercury exposure to you or our staff. We take necessary precautions to protect you against inhaling mercury vapors or having liquid mercury come in contact with your skin when removing amalgam fillings from your teeth.
What can replace Mercury Amalgam Fillings?
Once amalgam fillings have been removed, we’ll clear out any decay that has developed beneath or around the area to secure your tooth. We can then replace your amalgam fillings with tooth-colored composite fillings that pose no risk to your health.
Like their amalgam counterpart, composite fillings are durable, long-lasting, and effective in treating cavities. Composite fillings actually bond with your teeth for added strength and protection. This minimizes cracking and leakage beneath the filling. By blending in with the natural color of your teeth, composite fillings enhance the esthetic appeal of your smile.
Safe and effective Mercury Removal procedure in Annandale
When you’re ready to replace compromised mercury-based amalgam fillings, contact Dr. Richard D. Fischer in Annandale at 703-215-9630. We offer safe and effective mercury removal procedures you can trust.
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