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Replacing Amalgam Fillings
Why you would replace amalgam fillings
Some of the main reasons for replacing amalgam fillings are:
- Amalgam contains mercury which can potentially be a health risk to some people
- Composite fillings are more aesthetic and look like natural teeth
How we replace amalgam fillings
The amalgam removal process is where your dentist will use procedures designed to protect patients from exposure to any of the old amalgam filling material.
After the amalgam is removed your dentist will restore the tooth using an appropriate non-metallic material.
How much does it cost to replace amalgam fillings?
The cost of replacing an amalgam filling will vary depending on the work involved and the materials used in replacing it. At your consultation appointment your dentist will be able to let you know the price of replacing your filling.
Should all amalgam fillings be replaced?
Replacing your amalgam fillings is a personal choice. Weigh up the factors and make your own decision, based on your own research and needs. If you’re considering replacing an amalgam filling, speak to your dentist about the options available to you.
Does it hurt to replace amalgam fillings?
Our dentists aim to always make sure you feel as comfortable as possible during any dental treatment. Replacing amalgam fillings should be reasonably painless, however you may experience some mild discomfort during the treatment and some tooth sensitivity after the treatment. We recommend speaking to your dentist about any concerns you have at your first consultation visit.
Can fillings be prevented?
You can greatly reduce your chances of needing fillings by taking good care of your oral health. That means a combination of at-home dental care and building a great relationship with your dentist.
We recommend daily healthy habits and regular visits to the dentist. For optimum oral health:
- Practice good oral hygiene habits at home including brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day
- Book hygiene visits with your dental hygienist at least twice each year
- Book routine exam and x-ray check-ups with your dentist once each year