Fillings are the most common type of dental restoration. Used to treat small areas of decay, a filling preserves the tooth from further damage while also restoring its size. In the past, fillings were made of amalgam. This material is a dark-colored mixture of metals that can release potentially harmful mercury vapors over time. Fortunately, our holistic dentist practices mercury free dentistry and offers alternatives to traditional amalgam fillings.
Is amalgam harmful?
The issue of amalgam fillings and the potential for mercury exposure is a hotly debated issue among healthcare professionals. Because this compound for fillings could be potentially dangerous, our holistic dentist prefers to practice on the side of caution and avoids placing these types of fillings.
What is the alternative to amalgam?
The most common alternative to amalgam is the use of a tooth-colored compound called composite resin. This type of filling is made of a mixture of glass and plastics, which is proven to be a healthier alternative to amalgam fillings. Our tooth-colored fillings are also BPA-free.
What are the benefits of tooth-colored fillings?
Because the tooth bonds better to the chemical structure of composite resin than amalgam, more of the tooth can be preserved during the restoration process. Composite resin also presents aesthetic benefits as well because these restorations are natural looking and discreet.
Should my old metal fillings be removed?
If you are concerned about the potentially dangerous effects of mercury or if your fillings are old, we encourage you to have your fillings removed and replaced with a holistic alternative. Our dentist is experienced with safely removing amalgam so that patients are not exposed to mercury during the process. Our team takes a few precautions to ensure patient safety when removing amalgam. For example, amalgam fillings will be kept cool during the procedure to limit the possibility of heat releasing mercury vapors.
To learn more about mercury free dentistry or to schedule an appointment, contact the friendly office of Dr. Philip Kozlow today.