Concerned about mercury or BPA in your metal fillings? While metal fillings were once standard practice, they have now largely been replaced with tooth-colored fillings made from porcelain or composite resin. These tooth colored fillings are not only more aesthetically pleasing but also do not contain mercury the way silver fillings do.
Schedule an appointment today for BPA-free fillings or to replace old metal fillings.
There is no evidence that mercury in fillings can cause mercury poisoning. However, that does not mean they are without risk. Though it is rare, some people may have an allergy to mercury and in this case a metal filling could pose a health risk. Some patients may also have an adverse reaction to copper or other materials found in metal amalgam fillings.
While mercury poisoning may not be a major issue with metal fillings, that does not mean they are safe for your teeth. Metal fillings, unlike composite fillings, expand and contract. Though these changes are small, they can lead to tooth fractures and may even allow in bacteria.
If you have metal fillings currently and they are not causing you any issues, there is likely little reason to rush to have them replaced. However, metal fillings do not last forever and in many cases may need to be replaced in as little as 10 years.
If your fillings are more than 10 years old it may be time to replace them. When that time comes, consider switching to tooth colored BPA free composite resin fillings. They do not pose a mercury risk and can be matched exactly to your natural tooth color.
Signs Your Fillings May Need to Be Replaced
Though both metal and composite fillings can last a long time with proper care, they will still need to be replaced eventually.
Here are some signs that you may need to replace your fillings:
Does Marketplace Dentistry Offer BPA Free Fillings?
Yes, Marketplace Dentistry offers BPA free tooth-colored fillings to match your natural smile. We also use metal components in limited circumstances. When placed properly, metal dental components do not pose a risk.
If you are concerned about what is contained in your fillings or other dental work, or you have an allergy or sensitivity, please ask your Marketplace Dentistry dentist. We are here to ensure you get the dental care you need that benefits your total health.
Mercury and BPA Free Dental Work
Marketplace Dentistry understands that your dental health is a major part of your total health. This is why we are committed to providing dental services that not only complement your smile but contribute to your overall well-being.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment for Mercury and BPA free fillings and dental work.