Amalgam Replacement

Replacing amalgams

Amalgam has been cheapest and durable filling material over the years. Some research has shown that the amount of mercury you are exposed to from your fillings is less than the amount that most people are exposed to in their daily environment or in the food they eat so there is no reason to believe that removing amalgam is necessary for the good of your health and amalgam allergies are very rare.

However, amalgam replacement should be done when the fillings are worn or broken. Another reason to replace amalgam is to achieve preferable aesthetics – many people do not like the appearance of amalgam fillings.

When you wish to replace your amalgams, Spring Orchid Dental can assist with the removal of old worn out and cracked Amalgam/Silver Fillings and offer choices with composite tooth coloured fillings and other options to suit your need.

What are my options if I want my amalgams replaced?

This really depends on the size of the existing filling. The 2 main materials we use to fill teeth are:

  • Composite (white resin filling material), or
  • Dental ceramic (porcelain fillings/inlays and crowns).

Small to medium amalgams can often be replaced with a simple composite filling.

Larger amalgams, or those that are under a lot of load (for example, on back molar teeth) will usually require what is known as a “ceramic inlay” or “porcelain filling”.

Advantages of Porcelain fillings

This really depends on the size of the existing filling. The 2 main materials we use to fill teeth are:

  • Aesthetically appealing
  • Virtually Invisible and Blend seamlessly with the natural tooth colour
  • Small to medium amalgams can often be replaced with a simple composite filling.
  • Larger amalgams, or those that are under a lot of load (for example, on back molar teeth) will usually require what is known as a “ceramic inlay” or “porcelain filling”.

However tooth colored fillings do need maintenance over time and good oral hygiene habits for longetivity.