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Silver Fillings – Are They Really Bad For You?

Dentists in NW Calgary love to discuss options for creating beautiful white smiles; and often present treatment options for replacing amalgam (silver) fillings with material that is esthetically pleasing and functionally sound. NW Dentists at Ranchlands Dental Clinic have years of experience creating healthy smiles that not only look good – but contribute to the health of your teeth and body.

Silver Fillings (amalgam restorations) have had a bad rap over the last twenty years with some European Countries (Norway, Denmark and Sweden) banning use for environmental and health reasons. Amalgam restorations are an alloy of metals – one of which is mercury – with the characteristic of being able to expand and contract with varying temperatures in the mouth. When a silver filling expands it creates pressure and stress on the walls of a tooth – making the tooth susceptible to cracking and/or fracturing. Often when dental patients think a silver filling has fallen out of a tooth it is in fact the tooth itself that has broken – leaving the remains of the filling. The behaviour of amalgam restorations increases the risk for tooth loss, and the subsequent need for extensive dental treatment (crown) to prevent the tooth from breaking.

General Dentists at Ranchlands Dental Clinic in NW Calgary want patients to be able to make informed choices for their dental health – that includes knowing the truth about certain dental materials and the advantages and disadvantages that come with using them. Replacing Silver Fillings isn’t just about placing a material that is more esthetic – it’s also about selecting a dental material that will enhance the health of the body and perform well. An option for patients considering replacing silver fillings is composite (resin) restorations. These tooth colored fillings blend perfectly with natural teeth to create a smile that doesn’t reveal any hint of dentistry – and the resin material provides extra strength and support to weak areas of a tooth due to the bonding application. The other advantage of white fillings is that minimal tooth structure has to be removed to place this type of material – making it a great option for improving a smile by closing gaps in between teeth and reshaping chipped or shortened teeth.

Tooth-coloured Fillings can be used to restore all teeth and can be the perfect option for patients who want to improve both the esthetics and health of their smile. If you have been considering replacing your silver fillings and would like more information – contact Ranchlands Dental Clinic today – 403.239.5212

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