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Feb 2013

Are metal fillings right for me?

One of the most common questions we answer is whether metal fillings should be replaced. I have complied a list of points about metal fillings and why I think they have had their day and alternative treatments should be sought:

1. Metal fillings contain up to 50% mercury.

2. Mercury is a toxin.

3. Mercury is continuously released from metal fillings via a vapour form.

4. Metal fillings do NOT stick to teeth, they are mechanically wedged in to place.

5. Metal fillings require the tooth to be cut deeper than white fillings as they rely upon an undercut in the tooth i.e wider base than top surface

6. Metal fillings corrode over time leaving areas open to bacterial leakage.

7. Metal fillings cannot be repaired.

8. Metal fillings leach ions within the tooth to give a grey appearance.

9. Metal fillings cannot be placed next to gold crowns as this may lead to a galvanic effect and increase the corrosion rate.

10. Metal fillings look awful.

Modern replacements include composite resin fillings and porcelain inlay and onlay restorations. My next article will list points why these materials are superior than metal fillings.

Article written by Dr Nissit Patel

If you would like to know more about removing metal fillings, then please do not hesitate to contact us on 0207 7311162 or e mail info@progressivedentistry.co.uk


Nov 2017

For our French clients; Dental Inlays and Onlays

This is an article for our French clients on dental inlays and onlays written by Dr Bruno Delaunay: Définition : Derrière ces deux mots très techniques se cachent en réalité des solutions thérapeutiques modernes pour restaurer vos dents victimes de lésions carieuses. L inlay et l onlay sont de plus en plus proposés, leur essor va de pair avec le développement d une dentisterie dite « à minima ». Un inlay et un onlay sont deux prothèses très similaires. On utilisera le terme : INLAY, pour d… READ MORE
Feb 2013

Porcelain inlays and onlays- what are they?

My next article will focus on the alternative to white fillings, which are porcelain onlays and inlays. These are, on the whole, laboratory made restorations for the teeth. These are often required when extra strength is required to protect the underlying tooth that cannot be afforded by direct white fillings. There are many advantages to porcelain inlays and onlays. 1. They are biocompatible and therefore there is no issue with any toxic component. 2. They have similar wear strengths to tooth enamel. 3… READ MORE
Feb 2013

White fillings- are they better than metal ones?

Following on from my previous article regarding metal fillings, I will now provide 10 reasons why white fillings are superior to metal fillings: 1. White fillings actually adhere to the tooth surface creating an excellent seal. 2. White fillings require less preparation of the tooth than metal fillings. 3. White fillings do not contain mercury. 4. They are easily repaired if damaged. 5. They can be used on front and back teeth. 6. The wear strength of the latest materials are far superior to previous … READ MORE
Dec 2012

Removing Metal Fillings

With Christmas around the corner and New year soon to follow, resolutions are high on the list. Why not make a new year resolution to remove those old, unsightly metal fillings? Metal fillings contain up to 50% mercury, continuously release mercury vapour and are unaesthetic to say the least. We are experts in safe removal using rubber dam. Our replacements are safe, long lasting and highly aesthetic An example of how your teeth could look is below: Porcelain is bio compatible and neutral. It is does n… READ MORE


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