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Amalgam Fillings Tips – Discover If They Are The Best Type Of Dental Fillings For You

If a decayed tooth can be saved, it’s not extracted. Instead, dentists fill tooth cavities with dental fillings. Currently, there are different kinds of dental fillings and so amalgam is the only option you have.

Amalgam Fillings Tips – Discover If They Are The Best Type Of Dental Fillings For You

If a tooth has a cavity, has been chipped or fractured the dentist can save the tooth. Generally in these situations a bonded white dental filling is used. There are different kinds of fillings patients have had done in the past including dental fillings, silver fillings, amalgams, and old metal fillings. These fillings are now being researched for mercury content are not being done anymore. Here at URBN Dental we use high quality white fillings that are BPA free safe and non-toxic. In this article, we will discuss the amalgam filling material to help you answer your questions or concerns.

 

What are amalgam fillings all about?

Dental amalgam fillings in the past were the most popular materials for filling decayed teeth cavities. They have been around for over one hundred and fifty years. This is to say that millions of dental patients across the globe have amalgam fillings in their teeth. Amalgam is a blend of metals. Specifically, it consists of a powdered alloy (tin, copper and silver) as well as elemental (liquid) mercury. Half of the dental amalgam filling’s weight is actually that of the liquid mercury. Its chemical composition enables it to react with and bond together the powdered alloy’s molecules to form a dental amalgam. Also referred to as silver fillings, amalgam resembles the silver’s gleam in appearance.

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Why do we need dental amalgam?

The main reason why people have amalgam fillings is mainly due to the fact that in the past it was used often. Despite the issue of it being unsafe due to having mercury content, amalgam is still used in some areas around the world. Due to the presents research and studies there are notes that the mercury involved in the fillings may have health risks. Here at URBN Dental we focus on high end filling materials that are still covered by insurance plans and that have no mercury. Our BPA free fillings are white, safe, and non-toxic giving you the most natural look possible and safety we trust in.

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Who is affected by this?

While an amalgam filling has been around for such a long time and has been helpful, it does have its risks. It is thought that the mercury content in this dental filling can be dangerous. As we have stated prior, half of amalgam is made up of elemental mercury and its work is to bind together the alloy’s particles. Due to this, amalgam is super-strong and durable. All the same, mercury is known to dangerous to human’s health and dental amalgam releases low amounts of mercury in the form of a mercury vapor. This vapor can be breathed in and absorbed by your lungs.  If high levels of mercury are gathered in the body, it can adversely affect your kidneys and brain. Ever since the safety issue of mercury in amalgam fillings was raised, FDA has evaluated the most dependable scientific evidence to determine whether it can be harmful to patients. After rigorous efforts, FDA has still not found any alarming danger in using amalgam. The organization believes that dental amalgam is safe for kids who are six years and beyond and adults.

It was unable to establish a link between amalgam fillings usage and adverse health effects in the general public. There are no clinical researchers who have found this link either. As for the use of amalgam by pregnant women and toddlers, there are extremely few clinical resources that reveal reliable answers. The FDA concludes that even the breast milk produced by mothers who are exposed to the vapor produced by dental amalgam cannot adversely affect their babies.  If you are pregnant and have a hole in teeth that needs to be filled, talk to your dental specialist about amalgam and how safe it is for you. Here at URBN Dental we want the safest treatment and products for you and we do not use amalgam products that contain mercury in them. Let us know of any questions you may have on the topic of old amalgam fillings.

The same case applies to kids under six year of age. While this type of filling is generally safe, another concern is raised about those who are allergic to mercury or metal alloy components. They might cause an allergic reaction that could result to oral lesions or other contact reactions. If you are allergic to the alloy or elemental mercury in amalgam fillings, choose a different dental filling even if it will be costlier.

At URBN Dental we do not use amalgam

Due to the fact of the components of amalgam filling materials we do not believe in using them in our dental office to put anyone at risk. Our white BPA free safe and non-toxic fillings take care of teeth well and bond to the tooth so it looks both natural and beautiful.

Prior to deciding whether you need dental amalgam filling, think about its pros and cons. As mercury from dental amalgam is bioaccumulative and can build up steadily in your body tissues and organs, you need to make a good decision. But, as we aforementioned, there is no direct association between dental amalgam use and organ damage so far but research is still being done on this topic.

How to know you need amalgam fillings

If you are having symptoms of cavities or tooth decay, you make a good candidate for an dental fillings to resolve these issues.  If you have a toothache, check if there is a tooth with a cavity or a chip.  If you spot one, it is highly likely that it is the cause of your dental pain. As the damage to the tooth pulp may be too much to save it, you must not assume that your tooth will be filled. Visit URBN Dental who will examine your tooth and decide if it will be filled, extracted or treated via a root canal procedure. If your dentist recommends filling the cavity we will use the highest quality material that BPA free, safe, and non-toxic. After discussing the matter with your dentist, you will have an easier time making the right decision.

Daniela Garza
Daniela Garza
19:33 09 Jul 19
Loved the service and the in-depth personalized advice they give you! The staff is great and very knowledgeable. The location and atmosphere is modern and state of the art! Loved it 👍
Elva Koehn
Elva Koehn
22:11 17 Jun 19
I went in after having procrastinated for years because of my dental phobia. From the moment I walked in to their office, I felt at ease. The dental assistant, hygienist and Dr. Bridget made me feel so at ease and explained everything they were doing, every step of the way. I’ve never had such a great dental experience, as I did today. Highly recommend.
Nijah Watson
Nijah Watson
21:52 31 May 19
Best dentist office visit ever! Not only are the staff charismatic, they are very knowledgeable too. They took the time to go over my X-rays with me and made sure I understood what everything was, down to the payment options. They did not rush my exam at all. There was no wait time from the moment I walked in the door to the moment my exam was completed. The office itself lives up to its name with the urban decor. It is also very clean. I would recommend anyone to come here if you're looking for competent, patient, and kind dentist and staff!
Eduardo Mora
Eduardo Mora
19:53 22 May 19
I went in today and they really made me feel comfortable. The staff was extremely friendly and you can tell they make customer service a priority. They made sure the music playing was to my liking and made sure I was comfortable in my chair. The dentist was very knowledgeable and explained the whole process to me in a way that I can understand. I don't like going to the dentist, I don't know anyone that does, but I am glad I went to URBN Dental and wold recommend it to anyone looking for a dentist.
Hilary Rochelle
Hilary Rochelle
20:52 08 May 19
I’m so impressed with Urban Dental. Went having sever pain. New patient! The staff and dentist were amazing . So warm and caring. I will continue coming here for all dental needs. Completely satisfied in every way .
Ryan Zhen
Ryan Zhen
22:28 07 May 19
Just a few days after a visit with Dr. Bridget and I already feel the positive effects on my dental hygiene. She gave helpful and practical tips to brushing and flossing to make my routine more enjoyable. Everyone at URBN Dental Uptown was attentive and courteous to my needs from handling the insurance/financials to ensuring a pain/mess-free cleaning and filling. Looking forward to returning with improved dental health!
Lemond Deleo
Lemond Deleo
20:08 29 Apr 19
The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately.So the wait time for my first appointment was basically non-existent. I’m not sure if it’s normally like this or if it’s just a coincidence. Regardless, it was very nice to see the staff and dentists in perfect sync with servicing the customers as quickly and efficiently as possible.My first appointment here was primarily because I had a painful sensation on the bottom right of my tooth. It turned out to be a cavity as I expected. The dentist explained the procedure for a filling and I agreed to go through with it on my next appointment. Thank you for an honest experience that resulted in me learning what the problem with my tooth was.
Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell
19:59 29 Apr 19
Very satisfied with my recent experience at this dentist. As a first time customer, I walked in with low expectations, since I find this mentality to be effective for softening the blow if it turns out to be a disappointing service.Well, it turned out to be above average service from the staff at the front desk and the dentists themselves. They are all very professional and the dentists working here are patient when it comes to answering questions. I felt fully fulfilled after leaving the dental office. I’ll definireky be back.
Julia Bleck
Julia Bleck
14:21 05 Apr 19
I've never been to a more thorough and comprehensive dental appointment as the one at URBN Dental! They went over all of the photos and x-rays with me in detail to help explain all of the issues I had, and it's the first time I fully feel like I understand why I need to floss more consistently. They taught me how to properly floss and brush, and I even got a new electric toothbrush with my appointment. Would definitely recommend.
Rachel Richardson
Rachel Richardson
17:30 26 Mar 19
I was immediately greeted by friendly faces when i came in! Online scheduling and patient paperwork made it so easy to get an appointment with no waiting to go back to the room. Every person of staff from front desk, hygienist to dentist introduced themselves to me and took the time to explain everything they were doing. I’ve never had a dentist actually sit down and explain the biology behind flossing, bone health, nerve health etc. it was great to feel like I was being taken care of by true professionals. They were also very explanatory of exactly what my insurance covered and the cost breakout of all of my services. I would recommend this office to any of my friends and family.
Margarita Muro
Margarita Muro
01:28 21 Feb 19
The URBN Dental office is very beautiful! It is modern with natural wood and emerald green elements. I went in for my regular cleaning and exam after looking up 5+ dental offices in the area. I recently moved to uptown and am extremely happy to have found URBN Dental. The Hygienist, Angela, did not only give my advice in regards to my dental hygiene techniques, she educated me which made me more eager to go home and carry out my new routine. Dr. Bridget was very kind, answered all my questions, and gave me a great referral for my wisdom teeth extractions. I will be returning for all of my preventative and general dental needs!
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including:Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works).They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude.GREAT aftercare package.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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PATIENT TESTIMONIALS

Our patients love being treated at our locations, with consistent 5-star ratings across the board.
See what they have to say about our dentists and dental team.

I can honestly say I had the best experience at URBN Dental. I am new in town and had a emergency. The staff was able to get me in asap and took very good care of me. Everyone worked as a team to ensure that all my needs were meet. I felt important! I was treated as if I was the only patient in the office. I found my Dental home!

The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately.

Very knowledgeable and informative, explaining all your x-ray and imagery and in creating a course of treatment. The staff is friendly and definitely concerned with their patients. Comfortable environment.

I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit!

Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I’ve had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white.

They were very prompt and professional. I felt very comfortable in the visit. They have good exam specials without any hidden fees. I have found me a permanent dentist office. Thanks URBN staff.

URBN Dental provided great service and they were all so nice. They did a great job communicating with me and i would recommend to all.

I had a root canal and a crown done here, the entire process took about an hour. Will be back in 2 weeks for my final crown! Great doctor, great staff.


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