Sunday, December 1, 2013

Should You Believe the Hype About Silver Fillings?

These days the controversy over silver amalgam fillings is not over, in fact, even though the American Dental Association and the FDA has concluded its research and has given the go ahead for silver amalgam fillings, some people swear there is a connection between the mercury used in the silver fillings and disease. Scientists claim that the amount of mercury used in silver fillings does not pose a health risk and is completely safe. After all, mercury has been used in silver amalgam fillings for more than 150 years.

With all of the hoopla surrounding silver amalgams, it is difficult to know whom to believe. Some experts are claiming that silver amalgam fillings cause multiple sclerosis, lupus, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer, and although there is no proof positive, you may want to consider having yours swapped out. If you feel that your silver amalgam fillings could be causing you problems, schedule an appointment with the Best Dentist in Glendale, Dr. Kevin M. Bogdon.

Your Glendale Dentist can remove all of your silver mercury amalgam fillings and replace them with tooth colored or porcelain fillings. Depending on where your fillings are located, your Dentist in Glendale will determine what tooth colored or porcelain fillings are best for your particular situation.

Tooth colored fillings from your Glendale Dentist are matched as closely as possible to your natural tooth color and actually disappear when placed in between your teeth and on your molars. Unlike silver amalgam mercury fillings, tooth colored fillings will not fracture or crack your teeth.

Silver mercury amalgam fillings may be approved by the ADA, but even if they are safe, they can cause other problems. Most people have no idea that silver fillings do not last forever. In fact people with older silver fillings may be dealing with tooth decay under the filling itself. If the silver mercury amalgam filling is cracked or was badly filled, cracks and ridges can occur around the filling, which allows food and debris to seep into the area. Once this happens it is impossible to brush or floss under the filling which makes tooth decay inevitable.

Whether you believe the hype about silver amalgam fillings or not, it is best to have yours checked out by a professional Glendale Dentist who will be able to determine the next step when it comes to replacing your old silver mercury amalgam fillings.  Schedule your appointment with Dr. Kevin M. Bogdon today.