Understanding the Importance of Mercury-Free Restorations for Treatment of Tooth Decay
- Posted on: Feb 15 2019
When cavities form, it is essential that patients in Clyde, NC seek immediate dental care for the treatment of these cavities with fillings. However, it is also important that patients obtain assistance from a dental professional who believes in using mercury-free restorations.
Why is Mercury Used in Dentistry?
In the past, and in some practices today, dentists have used a material called silver amalgam to address areas of decay. Cavities filled with silver amalgam were considered safe, until studies showed that silver amalgam fillings exposed patients to mercury. Silver amalgam fillings are made with 50% mercury, which is toxic to the human body. Instead, patients are urged to ask their dentist for non-mercury fillings which are completed with a material called composite resin bonding.
Our practice enjoys using composite resin bonding as an alternative to silver amalgam fillings. Composite resin bonding has several benefits. It is:
• Not made with mercury, but instead biocompatible materials that are safe for the smile and body
• More natural looking, as it is the same color as natural tooth enamel
• Not susceptible to expansion and contraction, ensuring bacteria does not enter into the tooth structure
• Just as strong and long-lasting as other filling materials
• Affordable for many of our patients, and provides restoration for many years before replacement is necessary
Who Can Obtain Composite Resin Fillings?
Materials used for non-mercury fillings can be used on any patient who have an area of decay they need to treat. It is the same material used for filling gaps between teeth or repairing teeth that have been chipped. This material can also be used if patients choose to have their dentist remove the mercury fillings and replace them with composite resin bonding. Our team can discuss with patients the options available to them when it comes to restoring their smile with biocompatible materials.
Visit Dr. John Highsmith today!
At the practice of Dr. John Highsmith, patients in the area of Clyde, NC can obtain quality dental care with mercury-free treatments. Contact the office at 78 Nelson Street by calling (828) 627-9282 and learn more about the treatment of fillings with non-mercury restorations.
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