Patients with older amalgam (metal) fillings often complain that the dark color of those restorations make their smiles look less attractive. Indeed, these noticeable fillings do detract from the smile’s aesthetics. Fortunately, patients can choose to have amalgam fillings removed and replaced with composite restorations that are tooth-colored and have more of a natural aesthetic.
These composite materials, which are mercury free as well, are resins that may be made of plastics, ceramics or other materials. The shade of the filling can be adjusted to some degree to blend in with the rest of your smile as seamlessly as possible for a natural appearance.
If you are having old amalgam fillings removed and replaced with mercury free restorations, you should consult with a holistic dentist with significant experience in providing this treatment. To reduce the patient’s exposure to potentially toxic mercury during the treatment process, the dentist must take certain precautions when removing the old restoration. Don’t hesitate to ask your dentist how the protocol protects your safety throughout the treatment process.
Not only are composite fillings more attractive, the materials used are also better at bonding with the enamel, so less healthy tooth material needs to be removed to make room for the filling. Additionally, mercury free fillings are less sensitive to temperature fluctuations than amalgam ones, so they are less likely to fracture in response to excessively hot or cold environments.
Some patients are concerned about mercury exposure from amalgam fillings, and this may also be a motivating factor in having amalgam fillings removed and replaced.
Are you interested in upgrading from amalgam fillings to mercury free restorations? Or do you have a new cavity that you’d like to have addressed with a mercury free filling? Either way, contact Fresh Leaf Dental at 714-838-8050 to schedule an appointment and enhance your smile.