amalgam fillings

150 Years Ago It Was Thought Worms Created Cavities

Over 150 years ago there were interesting theories as to why our teeth decay. Eventually someone figured it out, but before that, there were some interesting ideas as to what actually caused teeth to decay. Here’s two of them:

  1. Worms were responsible for causing holes in teeth
  2. Tooth-eating bacteria caused decay

The second one is not far from the truth. We now know that bacteria caused decay due to acids produced while fermenting carbohydrates. Dentistry has come a long way since then. While using amalgam fillings was okay back then, now dentists know better. Or, to be more accurate, it is now known that amalgam fillings can potentially cause problems.

We say potentially because everyone’s body is different. Although mercury poisoning would affect anyone, it seems that there are people who have had amalgam fillings all their lives and have had no trouble. Then there are those who have been told by doctors that their amalgam fillings have to go.

Amalgam Fillings And Why Removing Them Is A Good Option…

While it might not be essential to get your amalgam fillings removed, if you’re amalgam fillings are old and you’re not sure if they are protecting your teeth anymore, we recommend visiting a dentist at Tewantin Dental Centre.

Amalgam fillings contain mercury—that is one of the unhealthy aspects of amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings make your teeth sensitive to extreme temperatures and can expand and contract: people’s teeth have cracked because of amalgam fillings.

If a tooth cracks one of two things can happen. Firstly, it depends on how badly your tooth has cracked. If your tooth cracks and it’s above the gum line your tooth can be restored with a crown—a crown will hold you tooth together as well as protect it.

If, however, the tooth cracks below the gum line it will most likely have to be extracted; and a missing tooth can cause all sorts of complications not just for your oral health but your overall health as well.

Your health and amalgam fillings…

Not only can amalgam fillings (in extreme cases) crack your teeth, but each time you bite down you are releasing toxins into your body—it’s one reason why doctors will recommend some patients go to a dentist and have the fillings removed. Mercury poisoning is insidious: especially when it’s entering your system so slowly.

If you want your amalgam fillings removed, Tewantin Dental Centre can help you. We follow strict guidelines regarding amalgam removal and offer a stronger, healthier alternative.

Did you know that unlike newer forms of fillings, decay could actually occur beneath the amalgam filling? With the more modern white tooth filling you don’t have to worry about this problem. You also don’t have to worry about the potential for mercury poisoning.

It should be stressed…

Having your amalgam fillings removed is not a life-or-death kind of decision. As we’ve said some people have had amalgam fillings for decades and are fine: some are less lucky. If you are unsure about your amalgam fillings, we strongly recommend visiting a Tewantin Dental Centre dentist who can assess your fillings and help you make the best decision for your oral health.

For more information on our amalgam filling removal, or to book an appointment at our conveniently located dental practice in Tewantin, please do not hesitate to contact us.