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Replacing Amalgam Fillings

Replacing Amalgam Fillings

    When one of your amalgam fillings reaches the end of its life Or you want to remove the corroded dark amalgam fillings,it is often possible to replace it with a tooth coloured alternative. Your dentist can advise you whether a direct tooth coloured filling or perhaps an inlay or onlay is the right choice for you.
    What about if you decide that you would like all your amalgam fillings replacing with tooth coloured alternatives?
    This is an increasingly popular choice for patients who do not want to have unsightly dark fillings in their teeth or who do not want mercury containing materials in their body. It is important to realize that when an amalgam filling is removed from your tooth, there is a small possibility that the nerve in the tooth can be injured by the procedure, particularly if the filling is deep and in close proximity to the nerve. Your dentist will ensure that they use techniques to minimize this risk but in a small number of cases, further treatment such as removal of the inflamed nerve may be required which is often called root canal treatment.