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Replacing Amalgam Fillings

Are you worried about health considerations about amalgam fillings? Replacing your fillings with alternative filling types might be the solution for you.

The decision to replace amalgam fillings has become more popular in recent times, along with a more holistic approach to Replacing amalgam fillings is an option for you if you've researched the topic, or have specific health reasons, medical history, or personal beliefs. 

Why would you replace amalgam fillings

The decision to consider having your amalgam fillings replaced with an alternative type of dental filling material is a personal one. People's reasons for going ahead are many and are often based on their own personal research, health concerns, medical history, and personal beliefs.

Some of the main reasons for replacing amalgam fillings are:

  • Amalgam contains mercury which can potentially be a health risk to some people
  • Composite fillings are more aesthetic and look like natural teeth

The process of replacing amalgam fillings

Once you've made the decision to replace an amalgam filling book in to see your dentist for a consultation to determine the best long-term restorative option for you.

The amalgam removal process is where your dentist will use procedures designed to protect patients from exposure to any of the old amalgam filling material.

After the amalgam is removed your dentist will restore the tooth using an appropriate non-metallic material.

Have questions?

The cost of replacing an amalgam filling will vary depending on the work involved and the materials used in replacing it. At your consultation appointment your dentist will be able to let you know the price of replacing your filling.

Replacing your amalgam fillings is a personal choice. Weigh up the factors and make your own decision, based on your own research and needs. If you're considering replacing an amalgam filling, speak to your dentist about the options available to you.

Our dentists aim to always make sure you feel as comfortable as possible during any dental treatment. Replacing amalgam fillings should be reasonably painless, however you may experience some mild discomfort during the treatment and some tooth sensitivity after the treatment. We recommend speaking to your dentist about any concerns you have at your first consultation visit.

You can greatly reduce your chances of needing fillings by taking good care of your oral health. That means a combination of at-home dental care and building a great relationship with your dentist.

We recommend daily healthy habits and regular visits to the dentist. For optimum oral health:

  • Practice good oral hygiene habits at home including brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day
  • Book hygiene visits with an oral hygienist or oral health therapist twice each year
  • Book routine exam and x-ray check-ups with your dentist once each year

The Lumino Dental Plan is a cost-effective way to ensure your oral health is given the priority it deserves. It’s an affordable ongoing subscription plan that keeps you on top of your oral health. We know that when you look after your oral health properly with regular preventative care, you’ll be less likely to need to see a dentist in an emergency. You’re also likely to spend less money at the dentist over time.

We get it. We’re New Zealand’s largest group of dentists so we’ve seen more scared patients than any other dental practice in the country. For most people who are scared about visiting the dentist it’s because they’ve had a bad experience in the past. Relax. Our gentle and compassionate dentists understand how you feel. Whether you’re anxious or worried about experiencing more pain or the potential cost of the treatment, the best thing to do is to let us know how you feel. Making sure you feel comfortable is part of our job.