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Removing teeth with amalgam fillings

I wanted to get amalgam fillings removed, but it is more expensive than I expected. I was thinking I could just get those teeth pulled, which my dental insurance covers. Can I remove teeth with amalgam fillings?

Carol G. from Little Rock, AR

Carol,

If you don’t have a legitimate dental reason to remove your teeth, your insurance probably will not cover it. To be honest, it is not a great idea to have your teeth removed without cause. It will cause other problems in the long run. It is better just to wait and save up to have your amalgams replaced with white fillings, even if you just do it one at a time. If you’re worried about the mercury in your amalgam fillings, you’ll be safe doing it a little at a time. If you have any that are leaking, I’d start with those.

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