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A filling is a way to restore a decayed tooth back to its shape. We first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, then fill the cleaned out cavity with a composite resin, matched to be the same colour as your teeth. The ingredients are mixed and placed directly into the cavity, where they harden. Composites may not be the ideal material for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco, and may not last as long as other types of fillings. Their lifespan generally ranges from three to 10 years.
Some people request removal and replacement of their amalgam fillings for health reasons regarding the safety of mercury-based fillings. Others request replacement of their fillings for cosmetic purposes, as they do not like the appearance of black, dark fillings and discoloured teeth. Brite Family Dental offers an extremely comprehensive amalgam removal service.
Dental amalgam is a mixture of silver and tin plus other metals mixed with 50% mercury. Once combined as amalgam the mercury is supposedly safely bound within the filling material. Latest research shows that the mercury escapes and can accumulate in your system. Mercury is known to be an extremely toxic heavy metal and can reduce kidney, liver and thyroid function.