Sandy Springs Dental: How much does a filling cost?

Amalgams and Composite fillingsWhile costs vary from one area to the next and from one office to the next, the cost of typical amalgam filling ranges from approximately $75 to $175 per filling, whereas a composite resin filling ranges from $125 to $300 for a single surface restoration. Contact us for a complimentary consult.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com
http://www.rightsmilecenter.com

The Mercury Filling Controversy

Sandy Springs dentist near meWhenever I hear a patient in our Sandy Springs office ask about mercury fillings, I wonder why this question refuses to go away.  For decades, mercury fillings have been considered the primary restorative material for the ones in the back because of their long time success.  After enormous amounts of study, the World Health Organization, the FDI World Dental Federation, and the American Dental Association continue to endorse the use of amalgam to restore teeth.   Yet it continues to be demonized by the public, in particular in urban legends over the internet.

As a result, the trend is towards the diminished use of mercury fillings and the increased use of composite resins to restore posterior teeth.  One of our consultants, Tom Limoli of Limoli and Associates notes that US third-party payment data reflects that 65% of direct posterior restorations last year were resin-based composite, while 35% were amalgam.  So regardless of the empirical evidence that refutes these concerns, the patient pool is demanding composite restorations.

While amalgam has been the material of choice for decades and still remains the primary source of teaching in dental schools today, it appears to be trending away the future.  Given the patient demand for composite restorations, we do a lot more composite fillings than in the past. It creates an interesting dilemma for dentists today, when we know that amalgam is the better choice for the restoration, but the popular demand or the path of least resistance is a composite restoration.  This disconnect creates some interesting food for thought.[1]  Please give us a call if we can help you.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] Additional sources of information came from Gordon J. Christensen, DDS, James F. Simon, DDS, and Howard E. Strassler, DMD. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, July/August, 2011.

Dentist Dunwoody: To Remove or Not to Remove

Dunwoody Dentist near meDental Amalgam and Other Restorative Materials.

According to Dr. Oz, mercury is a powerful neurotoxin and therefore, at certain levels, can cause neurological issues, autoimmune disease, chronic illnesses and mental disorders; you should remove your amalgam fillings.  The burning question is whether an unknown quantity of mercury vapor in our silver fillings at a constant exposure poses a significant health risk.

Based on current scientific data the ADA has concluded that the removal of amalgam restorations from a non-allergic patient for the alleged purpose of removing toxic substances as indicated by Dr. Oz, when such treatment is performed solely at the recommendation of the dentist, is improper and unethical.  Any dentist who claims that dental treatment or diagnostic techniques performed by the dentist has the capacity to diagnose, cure or alleviate diseases, infections or other conditions without being based upon accepted scientific knowledge or research, is acting unethically.

Yet there are conflicting studies between Sweden and the United States. In Sweden, they have conducted a number of studies where people, with pre-existing neurological and health issues (Chronic Fatigue-type symptoms), had amalgams removed; 78% reported improvement in their health status. In the United States, official studies hired by the FDA and National Institutes of Health (NIH) stated that “the current data is insufficient to support an association between mercury release from amalgams and the various complaints that have been attributed to this restorative material.”[1]

The problem is there is no direct evidence of a cause and an effect, only a correlation.  So the question remains ‘to remove or not to remove’.   Your dentist has an ethical duty to be honest and trustworthy and telling you to remove your amalgam fillings for health reasons violates that ethical duty.  So what’s a patient to do?  Unfortunately, no one is really sure.

This probably doesn’t answer your question of what to do, but it does help you understand what your dentist is supposed to do.  Have your dentist examine your fillings to determine whether or not they are intact, and have a conversation about the potential health risks of keeping or removing amalgams. Discuss the options available with your provider to help make a smart decision.  And if we can be of service please feel free to give us a call.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

and

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

 

[1] http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/toxic-teeth-are-our-amalgam-fillings-safe

Dentist Sandy Springs: How much do dental fillings cost?

Sandy Springs Dentist near meThe cost varies depending the type of filling material and the degree of restoration required.   Amalgams are cheaper than composites but amalgams will last significantly longer if you are unconcerned about aesthetics.[1] One of the ways to find out the actual range of cost is to just call a local dentist from the internet and ask them. The problem with a quote over the phone is that each person presents a different set of restorative circumstances, but you should be able to get a range of costs or a free consultation.

While costs vary from one area to the next and from one office to the next, the cost of typical amalgam filling ranges from approximately $75 to $175 per filling, whereas a composite resin filling ranges from $125 to $300 for a single surface restoration.  You should expect about 3 to five years (possibly 7 years) from the composite and as many as 20 years or longer from an amalgam.  Actually, a well-cared-for amalgam filling can last a lifetime, so the expensiveness of the filling really becomes a minor consideration.

Restorative circumstances are going to vary from tooth to tooth and decay may be found in one small spot or throughout a tooth, you never know until you start the restoration.  The restorative fees are based on the number of surfaces needing filling in a single tooth.  Since composite resin restorations are more time consuming and require greater skills to completion they are more expensive than amalgam fillings and weigh in on the more expensive side of caries restorations.

Typically dental insurance covers most or all of the costs of a silver amalgam filling, but only 50 to 80 percent of the cost of a composite filling because insurance companies feel the higher charge for the tooth-colored material is considered cosmetic.[2]

Your dentist should be advising you of the type of filling based on the size of the cavity and the location of the tooth in your mouth.  Amalgams are more likely to be placed in the back of your mouth while composites are more likely to be used on more-visible front teeth. WebMD.com gives an overview of typical filling procedures and Colgate.com lists pros and cons of different types of fillings.

The trick is to find a qualified, well trained dentist, and that requires you to educate yourself about the dentist you choose and a basic knowledge about dentistry.  If we can be of service or answer any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] Also, there is the back and forth debate over whether or not amalgams are linked to other health issues.  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) have determined there is no danger from an amalgam filling.  Yet there are specialists and consumers who remain unconvinced of these findings.

[2] One exception is when an old amalgam filling is cracked or broken and is replaced with a composite filling.

Dentist Alpharetta: To Remove or Not to Remove

Dentist near meDental Amalgam and Other Restorative Materials.

According to Dr. Oz, because mercury is a powerful neurotoxin and, at certain levels, can cause neurological issues, autoimmune disease, chronic illnesses and mental disorders, the inference is that you should remove your amalgam fillings.  The burning question is whether an unknown quantity of mercury vapor in our silver fillings at a constant exposure poses a significant health risk.

Based on current scientific data the ADA has concluded that the removal of amalgam restorations from a non-allergic patient for the alleged purpose of removing toxic substances as indicated by Dr. Oz, when such treatment is performed solely at the recommendation of the dentist, is improper and unethical.  Any dentist who claims that dental treatment or diagnostic techniques performed by the dentist has the capacity to diagnose, cure or alleviate diseases, infections or other conditions without being based upon accepted scientific knowledge or research, is acting unethically.

Yet there are conflicting studies between Sweden and the United States. In Sweden, they have conducted a number of studies where people, with pre-existing neurological and health issues (Chronic Fatigue-type symptoms), had amalgams removed; 78% reported improvement in their health status. In the United States, official studies hired by the FDA and National Institutes of Health (NIH) stated that “the current data is insufficient to support an association between mercury release from amalgams and the various complaints that have been attributed to this restorative material.”[1]

The problem is there is no direct evidence of a cause and an effect, only a correlation.  So the question remains ‘to remove or not to remove’.   Your dentist has an ethical duty to be honest and trustworthy and telling you to remove your amalgam fillings for health reasons violates that ethical duty.  So what’s a patient to do?  Unfortunately, no one is really sure.

This probably doesn’t answer your question of what to do, but it does help you understand what your dentist is supposed to do.  Have your dentist examine your fillings to determine whether or not they are intact, and have a conversation about the potential health risks of keeping or removing amalgams. Discuss the options available to help make a smart decision.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Dentist Roswell: The Mercury Filling Controversy

Whenever I hear a patient ask about amalgam restorations (usually referred to as mercury fillings), I wonder why this question refuses to go away.  For decades, amalgams have been considered the primary restorative material for posterior teeth (the ones in the back) because of their long time success.  After enormous amounts of study the World Health Organization, the FDI World Dental Federation, and the American Dental Association continue to endorse the use of amalgam to restore teeth.   Yet it continues to be demonized by the public, in particular in urban legends over the internet.

As a result the trend is towards the less and less use of amalgams and the greater use of composite resins to restore posterior teeth.  One of our consultants, Tom Limoli of Limoli and Associates notes that US third-party payment data reflects that 65% of direct posterior restorations last year were resin-based composite, while 35% were amalgam.  So regardless of the empirical evidence to the contrary, the patient pool is demanding composite restorations.

Every dentist will need an alternative material to use in the restoration of posterior teeth as this trend continues.  The challenge for the dentist is that composite resins only have a life expectancy of 5 to 8 years.  Given the patient’s desire to be rid of the potential or theoretical health hazards that have been formulated in recent years, amalgam restorations will ultimately be eliminated by the slow and natural death of attrition.  While amalgam has been the material of choice for decades and still remains the primary source of teaching in dental schools today, it may not be in the future.  Given the patient demand for composite restorations and what appears to be the dentist’s propensity to capitulate, we are going to need a better solution to posterior restorations if we want to achieve the same longevity that is achieved through amalgam restorations.

The internet has continued to create an uncertainty on the part of the lay public about amalgams similar to the controversy that surrounds cell phones and brain tumors.  It is interesting to note the dilemma faced by dentists today, when we know that amalgam is the better choice for the restoration, but the popular demand or path of least resistance is a composite restoration.  This disconnect creates some interesting food for thought.[1]

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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[1]Additional sources of information came from Gordon J. Christensen, DDS, James F. Simon, DDS, and Howard E. Strassler, DMD. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, July/August, 2011.