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Some Dentists Want to Bring Back Gold Fillings: Are They Right?

For many years, gold fillings were considered literally the gold standard in dentistry. There were good reasons why they were a better choice than metal amalgam, the main alternative for more than a century.  Compared to metal amalgam, gold is more durable and less likely to damage teeth. Plus, it’s unlikely to corrode and [...]

The FDA Stands by Amalgam Fillings. Should You?

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the results of its periodic review of the safety of metal amalgam fillings. Their conclusion? There was no evidence to suggest that metal amalgam fillings represented a health risk. But just because the FDA has said these fillings are “safe,” that doesn’t mean you should keep [...]

Metals Trigger Most Allergies at Dentist

We know that metals aren’t the most biocompatible material to use for restorations. But now a new German study confirms just how commonly they cause problems for dental patients. In this study, about 60% of patients reported an allergy, and more than half of all patients with allergies reported that they had allergic responses to [...]

How Does the Level of Mercury in Tuna Compare to Metal Amalgam Fillings?

Tuna used to be one of America’s favorite foods, but it’s fallen into disfavor. Tuna sales have dropped significantly in recent years. There are many reasons why the sales have dropped, but one reason is concern about mercury levels in tuna. But if you’re concerned about the level of mercury in tuna, should you also [...]

Is It Time To Replace Your Metal Fillings?

If you have metal fillings, sometimes you will have the bad experience that a tooth with a large metal filling will crack. When this happens, you need to repair or replace that tooth. But what about your other metal fillings? Should you take this opportunity to replace them, too as part of [...]

The Complete Guide to Replacing Metal Fillings

Do you have metal fillings? If so, now is the time to get them replaced. Have any doubts? Let us help you understand why you should upgrade old metal amalgam fillings with new ceramic restorations. Unattractive Appearance One of the most basic reasons to replace metal fillings is that they are very [...]

Partial Ban of Metal Amalgam Fillings Approved in EU

If you needed any more evidence that people understand the hazards of metal amalgam fillings, the European Parliament provided it. In mid-March the EU approved a partial ban on the use of metal amalgam fillings. Their recent action follows on the heels of a December 2016 agreement in principle to follow the The World Is Phasing Out Metal Amalgam Fillings–Shouldn’t You?

7 Wonders of Cosmetic Dentistry

We live in a truly marvelous age, although sometimes it’s easy to forget. We take for granted so many of the amazing technologies and techniques that transform our lives for the better, like cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry is better than it has ever been, and modern cosmetic dentistry allows us to do [...]

The FDA Proposed a Partial Ban on Mercury Fillings, but Was Denied

There is a great deal of uncertainty about the magnitude of health risks posed by mercury amalgam fillings, also called “silver fillings.” Although the world is trying to get an international agreement to phase them out along with other forms of mercury--a treaty the US is technically a signatory to--there are many people [...]