Fillings have been restoring cavity-damaged teeth for over 150 years. Silver amalgam was the primary option for a long time, but currently composite resin fillings afford a more aesthetic approach to treating dental cavities. There’s an added bonus for people that have concerns about the impact that mercury (an ingredient found in trace amounts in amalgam) might have on their health and the environment. There are millions of people walking around with amalgam fillings, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). In today’s blog, your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will provide you with more information on these fillings.
Who Invented Amalgam Fillings?
It all began with the Crawcour brothers in 1833. These innovative Frenchmen introduced amalgam fillings under the name of royal mineral succedaneum in the United States to great success. In fact, by 1844, about 50% of all dental restorations used for patients in upstate New York were made from amalgam. Even back then, mercury poisoning was a concern to patients and dentists alike. In fact, the American Society of Dental Surgeons (ASDS) made their members take an oath banning amalgam material for use in dental restorations. Gold was the only alternate material found to work as well as amalgam for dental fillings, but most people couldn’t readily afford the expense. Some people had to risk mercury poisoning in order to halt their terrible tooth decay induced aches. As time went on, mercury poisoning from amalgam fillings was never reported, so they made a comeback.
Modern Concerns Regarding Amalgam Fillings
In spite of a lack of concrete evidence, many people are still uneasy about having something with mercury in their mouth, day in and day out. Additionally, amalgam is obviously not the most attractive look in someone’s mouth. Luckily, there are easy to find alternatives for restorations these days.
Mercury aside, metal expands and contracts with extreme temperature changes. For people that drink a lot of hot and cold beverages, or live in extreme weather climates, this has been known to lead to cracks and fractures in teeth. After hearing stories about these things, many patients opt to consult with their Farmington Hills dentist about replacing their amalgam fillings before such damage can occur.
Fillings in Farmington Hills
If you are interested in replacing amalgam fillings to tooth-colored materials, consult with your Farmington Hills dentist. You can contact the Comfort Dental Spa team by calling our 48335 dentist office at (248) 474-6434. We are happy to serve patients in Farmington Hills, MI, and surrounding neighborhoods.