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Should I get all my silver fillings replaced?

Patients often come to our office and are concerned about their silver fillings leaking mercury into their mouths. However, please put your mind at ease! The amount of mercury in amalgam fillings is incredibly small, and is actually quite stable in the hardened phase in your mouth. In fact, you receive much more mercury exposure when a silver filling is removed than you do by just leaving it alone. While even that amount is extremely low and incredibly unlikely to cause any harm to your health, we typically only recommend replacing silver fillings when there is an actual problem with the tooth. Replacing them for the sake of replacing them doesn’t actually make sense! 

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The past few months have been challenging for everyone; we are looking forward to a return to a new type of normalcy. We have officially been given the green light to re-open, and plan to resume seeing patients on June 11th. While I have cherished the extra time with my husband and 9 month old, I have missed my patients and doing what I love each day.

Over the past three months, I have spent long hours researching how to best prepare our office for a safe reopening. My number one priority is ensuring the health and safety of our patients and staff. I’d like to share some of our strategies for keeping our office clean and safe for all. Please click here for more information or call us at (716) 652-0600 to schedule your next appointment.