UPTOWN/GALLERIA: 346-980-4770 | MIDTOWN: 281-397-3832
UPTOWN/GALLERIA: 346-980-4770
MIDTOWN: 281-397-3832

Dental amalgam or old silver fillings

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.

Are you ready to transform your smile?

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.

ARE YOU READY TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR TEETH?

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.

ARE YOU READY TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR TEETH?

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.

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!
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 😉 )
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! 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next Reviews