Metal Fillings Causing Poisoning?

Cosmetic, General & TMJ Dentist Serving Boston, Medford, Winchester, Cambridge, Somerville & Nearby Massachusetts

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Posted: December 9, 2014

While you may be taking great care of your teeth through brushing and flossing, there is still the possibility of developing a cavity. Cavities are small holes in your enamel that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth decay and death.

While metal fillings were used in the past to treat cavities, now our Boston general dentist is able to offer composite resin fillings that can be matched to your tooth color. There are several reasons that we offer tooth-colored fillings, including the following:

  • Match the color of your tooth enamel
  • Blend in for a more aesthetically pleasing look
  • Less of your natural tooth has to be removed for tooth-colored fillings
  • Less chance of sensitivity
  • No chance of mercury in the body

While the science is not conclusive as to whether or not metal fillings may leak mercury into the body, there has been much debate about the danger of putting metal in the mouth. Metal fillings may cause a small amount of mercury to spread into your body which can be very harmful to your health.

With all of the benefits that come from having tooth-colored fillings, our Boston dentists at Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry are pleased to offer them to our patients. To discuss new fillings or the replacement of metal fillings please contact us today or call us at 781-396-8558.