Conventional fillings made from amalgam, a composition of metals, can contain trace amounts of mercury. In recent years, public concern over the effects of mercury exposure has led to the development of alternatives to amalgam. Mercury free dentistry presents unique benefits to patients, including natural looking, undetectable dental work with biocompatible materials.
Our holistic dentist offers alternatives to amalgam like composite resin and porcelain. Composite resin is a biocompatible compound used to produce attractive fillings and cosmetic enhancements while porcelain is utilized to produce inlays, crowns, and bridges.
Benefits of Composite Resin
Composite resin is a mixture of glass and plastic. This mixture makes for beautiful fillings and bonding treatments that blend seamlessly into biological tooth structure. A person with a composite resin filling enjoys a white, tooth-colored restoration that is not obvious or distracting to his or her appearance.
Another advantage to choosing composite resin over amalgam is the fact that composite resin bonds really well to biologic structure. Since this compound is biocompatible, less tooth preparation is required to place a filling. The fact that less tooth preparation is required means that people retain more of their natural tooth structure when compared to the level of tooth preparation needed to place amalgam fillings.
Benefits of Porcelain
Porcelain, like composite resin, is an attractive option for repairing diseased and damaged teeth. Not only is porcelain free of harmful metals like mercury, it is a tooth-colored material. Those with porcelain restorations like dental crowns and inlays, enjoy discreet and beautiful-looking dental work.
This material is available in a slew of white hues and because it has light reflecting qualities, it perfectly complements biologic tooth structure.
Mercury Free Dentistry for Peace of Mind
In addition to placing new, mercury free restorations, our holistic dentist can remove old dental work. Replacing metal dental work with mercury free alternatives gives people peace of mind and a natural looking aesthetic.
When removing old dental work, our team takes measures to reduce our patients’ exposure to mercury vapors. This is done by monitoring the heat output of dental drills and by trapping mercury vapors in evacuation systems.
If you have questions about holistic dental work, call the office of Dr. Philip Kozlow today to reserve a consultation with our experienced dentist.