We are your local Centerville MN Dentist – we are happy to serve our community for over 20 years!
Our Qualified Dentists
We offer a number of general and specialized dentistry options to suit all ages and needs:
- Family & General Dentistry
- Cleanings & Prevention
- Dental Exams
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Periodontal Disease
- Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
- Invisalign® & Braces
- Dental Implants
- Professional Teeth Whitening
- Root Canal Therapy
- Healthy Smile Program
- Laser Dentistry
Frequently Asked Questions
Are amalgam (silver) fillings safe?
Over the years, some people have expressed concern about the safety of amalgam fillings. An amalgam is a blend of copper, silver, tin and zinc bound by elemental mercury. Dentists have used this blended metal to fill teeth for more than 100 years. The controversy stems from claims that exposure to the vapor and minute particles from the mercury can cause a variety of health problems.
The American Dental Association (ADA) states that up to 76% of dentists use silver containing mercury to fill teeth, and that these fillings are safe. The ADA also notes that studies have failed to find any link between silver containing mercury and any medical disorder.
Most people agree that silver fillings are safe. In addition to the ADA’s position and that of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization, Food and Drug Administration and other groups, the U.S. Public Health Service says that the only reason not to use silver fillings is when a patient has an allergy to any component of this type of filling. The American Dental Association has had fewer than 100 reported incidents of an allergy to components of silver fillings, and this is out of countless millions of silver fillings over the decades.
Studies indicate that patients with silver fillings have no measurable health risks. However, mercury can be toxic when we are exposed to high levels of it. For instance, we have been warned to limit the consumption of certain types of fish that carry high levels of mercury in them. The ADA maintains that when the mercury combines with other components in amalgam fillings, it becomes an inactive substance that is safe.
You have many options for filling a cavity, including composite (tooth-colored), porcelain, and gold fillings. We encourage you to discuss these options with your dentist so you can determine which is best for you.
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What Can Be Done About Old, Unattractive, or Discolored Fillings?
Most of us have fillings in our mouths that date back many years and some may have even been placed during our childhood. These fillings may now be old, dark, and unattractive, making us feel self-conscious when we smile, laugh, and talk. Fortunately, there are ways to replace old fillings with new ones so that you can smile with confidence. Old fillings are not only unattractive but may also be defective. When a filling is old its margins may eventually open up and allow bacteria and food debris to enter potentially causing dental decay.
When you visit the dentist, he or she will evaluate your fillings and determine if they need replacement. You may also want to replace old, unattractive, or defective fillings with new ones that are quick, painless, and cost effective. There are many state-of-the-art dental filling materials available today that can be used to replace old fillings in your teeth.
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