When should I consider having my amalgam fillings removed?

People with the following conditions may want to speak to their dentist about having their amalgam fillings removed:
  • Patients who have recurrent decay and/or defective margins around their dental amalgam fillings.
  • Patients who have eight or more dental amalgam fillings.
  • Patients who have exhibited an allergy or sensitivity to dental amalgam.
  • Patients who have bruxism (grind their teeth) or who consume high quantities of acidic foods and carbonated beverages, both of which have been demonstrated to cause prolonged higher levels of exposure to mercury vapor from dental amalgam restorations.

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