Some people have reservations about receiving metal dental work. This is because fillings made from amalgam (a dark metal compound) contain mercury. Our holistic dentist understands our patients’ concerns and offers a biocompatible alternative to mercury fillings by utilizing a restorative material called composite resin. In addition to placing mercury-free fillings on new cavities, we can replace old metal dental work that contains mercury as well.
Why Restorations are Necessary
Teeth must be restored after they are permanently damaged by an injury or decay to protect their internal structure. If a tooth goes without treatment, the living tissue within it can become infected. An infected tooth can affect neighboring soft tissue and adjacent teeth along with the entire oral health system. When teeth are restored, their interior structure is protected from becoming damaged beyond repair and their external surfaces are guarded against further extrinsic damage.
Benefits of Mercury-Free Fillings
Mercury-free fillings are made from composite resin, a compound that is derived from a mixture of durable glass and plastic. These types of fillings are biocompatible and bond very well with tooth structure on a chemical level. Composite resin typically requires less removal of a tooth, which allows a patient to retain as much biological tooth structure as possible.
In addition to being a conservative and mercury-free restoration, composite resin is tooth-colored. It is available in various white shades and can be tinted to match the color of natural teeth. This means that members of our community receive healthy and durable restorations that will not negatively affect the aesthetics of their smiles.
Our holistic dentist can replace old amalgam fillings, too. To remove old metal fillings, we follow a strict protocol so that mercury vapors are trapped in an air evacuation system. Our team also employs methods that keep the amalgam filling’s material from becoming too hot when exposed to a dental drill.
Our practice is committed to the total wellness of our patients. To learn more about our services, call Fresh Leaf Dental today to schedule an appointment.