You might be asking yourself if it’s a good idea to replace amalgam fillings with composite material. The truth is that with regular brushing twice a day, accompanied by your visit to the dentist for a cleaning, cavities can still happen. As a statistic, anyone who is between the age of 25 to 45 years of age who have fillings, most of these are made from amalgam.
Dental amalgam is primarily a metal that is still used to fill large cavities with most of them used for back molars. As unsightly as these fillings tend to be, there is no specific evidence that amalgam fillings need to be replaced. There are (in fact), plenty of reasons why you would want to have them removed for composite-based filling material instead.
• These filling become loose
Anyone who has amalgam filling may feel or experience clicking or snapping of their old fillings. This happens when amalgam fillings are old and start to become loose where they are filling an old cavity. It’s just enough space for bacteria to get in between your old filling and your tooth and causes an infection which can lead to a new cavity.
Because amalgam filling wasn’t meant to completely bond with your teeth, the composite filling has a physical bond that is much stronger. This makes them less likely to crack over the years and can also reduce tooth sensitivity to hot and cold liquids. Patients who have amalgam fillings will notice this is a common problem for experiencing repeated tooth sensitivity.
• Allergic reaction problems
One of the problems with amalgam fillings is primarily their composition. Much of the material is made from tin and mercury silver. This has been known to create allergic reactions ranging from redness and itchiness inside your mouth to symptoms of eczema in some genetically-linked cases. To relieve these problems, it would be best to replace your fillings with composite material to relieve these issues.
• Aesthetic appeal
Many people with amalgam filling have become self-conscious over the appearance of their metal fillings. The sight of these is and has always been a sure sign that you’ve had dental work done. With composite fillings, the color can be matched to your tooth shade and are virtually undetectable even up close. This allows you to have more confidence when speaking and laughing around others.
• Long-lasting material
While you could say that both amalgam filling and composite material are both long-lasting, the replacement of amalgam is purely a matter of choice. The composite material does last more than 10 years but is much easier to replace than amalgam. Depending on the type of work that was done prior for teeth with amalgam fillings, using composite material might improve tooth performance and less likelihood of cracked teeth later.
SOME FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT FILLINGS
If you’ve been experiencing any of these problems with your old amalgam fillings, perhaps it’s time to consider replacing them with composite material. The process is a lot easier than you might have previously thought additionally. Our dental specialists at our clinic here in Budapest can provide solutions for problematic amalgam fillings on your next trip to Hungary. Just contact us and ask a free consultation! We will contact you in a few hours! We are always ready to give you a perfect smile!