November 11, 2010

What is the Best Replacement for Mercury Fillings?

I'm one of the lucky ones that does not have any filling in my mouth, but not all of my family members are so lucky. Silver amalgam fillings contain mercury, and although it can be expensive, replacement is advised.

Dr. Lina Garcia, DDS, DMD of has written an excellent post explaining dental filling options.

I believe that the ideal replacement for a mercury-amalgam filling is an all-porcelain inlay or onlay.

Porcelain is a ceramic material that most closely resembles natural tooth enamel in terms of appearance and functionality, and it is the most biocompatible restoration material available on the market today. ("Biocompatible" means that it is as neutral as possible when placed in your mouth, and it is most agreeable with the rest of your body.)

Porcelain is the best choice, even if biocompatibility tests conclude that you would be okay with other materials like gold, platinum, or composite resins (made of an acrylic plastic).


Because porcelain is chemically inert and does not contain any ionized metal or plastic.
Dr. Garcia's post is an excellent resource to help you safely replace your mercury fillings and finding the best dentist to do it.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at November 11, 2010 1:40 AM

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