Some of our patients come to us concerned about their old metal fillings—for health reasons, cosmetic reasons, or some combination thereof. For these people, we offer full replacement of mercury-containing fillings with safe, beautiful, tooth-colored dental restorations.
Why replace metal fillings?
Traditional metal mercury fillings contain mercury, a poison that can cause serious neurological problems. High levels of mercury are found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. Mercury has been outlawed by many countries. While the medical literature is not specifically definitive on whether mercury-containing fillings cause health problems, for our patients' health and safety, we do not use mercury fillings in our own practice. We are happy to replace your old metal fillings with porcelain fillings if you are concerned about the effects of mercury on your health.
Some people wish to replace their metal fillings for strictly cosmetic reasons. Traditional metal mercury is gray, and becomes dingy and dark colored, marring the brightness of your smile. With our range of tooth-colored dental restoration materials, we can replace these unsightly metal fillings with beautiful, natural looking tooth colored restorations. Metal mercury fillings are technology from 100 years ago, and now we have far better tooth-conserving materials available.
Please see our mercury vs. tooth colored restorations page.
To learn more about the mercury fillings, and to have a thorough personal assessment, call or email our Cosmetic Dentistry serving Portland today to schedule an appointment with Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Wendling. We offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures to the residents of Portland, Oregon, and its surrounding areas. We look forward to meeting with you.