4 Top Reasons to Replace Amalgam Fillings at Saltzman Dentistry

Dr. E. Scott Saltzman provides general dentistry services in Cary, Apex, Morrisville and beyond. He also specializes in cosmetic dentistry, improving the healthy look of smiles, and personal appearance here in the Triangle since 1997. Over the years, patients have trusted Dr. Saltzman to develop a treatment plan that keeps their teeth healthy and beautiful.

One common procedure at Saltzman Dentistry is the replacement of silver-colored amalgam fillings with the more natural tooth colored fillings, called composites. Because mercury was typically used in amalgam fillings, some people may worry about the exposure to mercury. And many patients ask the staff at E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary whether removing amalgam fillings really are necessary.

Here are four very important reasons to replace silver/mercury amalgam with the natural tooth-colored fillings:

  • Appearance: Amalgam fillings typically are placed further back in the mouth, so they aren’t as visible. Still, they do present a striking contrast next to other teeth. Composites have virtually the same look as the patient’s natural teeth and they do improve appearance. Additionally, amalgam fillings can corrode over a period of time.
  • Strength: Amalgam fillings aren’t as strong as the more advanced composites. Biting down on amalgam fillings transmits impact to the underlying tooth, sometimes resulting in cracks or breaks. New composites are bonded tightly to teeth, even when much of the original tooth structure has been lost. The result is a stronger and intact tooth.
  • Health: Because the amalgam metal blocks x-rays, it is more difficult to detect developing problems in the underlying tooth structure. Also, the new composites contain fluoride, which helps prevent decay. The resin material wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for the gums.
  • Peace of mind: Although experts disagree on whether the mercury in amalgam fillings presents a health risk, replacing those fillings provides peace of mind. With modern materials, patients can have natural-looking and stronger restorations.

It might be time to get those aging fillings replaced with modern alternatives that both improve dental health and look more natural. Call the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to arrange an appointment to learn about the benefits of composite fillings. Dr. Saltzman always has plenty of reasons to make his patients smile.


This informative post about dental health and cosmetic treatments is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC. Please call us for an appointment today.


919 380 9311


202 Town Village Drive

Cary, NC 27513

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