If you are interested in mercury-free dentistry, you’re like many people who are concerned about the relationship between oral health and total well-being. Dr. Saleh and Dr. Shaer understand your concern and provide alternatives that don’t contain any mercury.
Reasons for Concerns about Amalgam Fillings
Although amalgam (“silver”) fillings contain mercury, the American Dental Associations says the combination of mercury with other elements makes them safe. Yet there are several reasons that many people prefer alternatives:
- Amalgam fillings contain 50% mercury—more than silver or other elements.
- Some studies suggest that amalgam fillings release small amounts of mercury vapor when you chew.
- They want to avoid exposure to mercury vapor from dental amalgam.
Mercury-Free Composite Fillings
Dr. Salah and Dr. Shaer prefer mercury-free composite fillings for several reasons:
- Although the materials in amalgam fillings are stronger than composite, amalgam doesn’t bond to your teeth. The fillings weaken teeth and increase the risk of fracture. Composite fillings bond to teeth and strengthen them.
- Composite is metal free, so it won’t corrode or weaken your teeth.
- Unlike amalgam fillings, which are dark, a shade of composite is chosen to blend with the color of your natural teeth.
- Mercury-free fillings insulate your teeth and limit sensitivity to cold and heat that is common with amalgam fillings.
- Less healthy tooth structure needs to be removed in preparation for composite fillings.
Dr. Saleh and Dr. Shaer regularly participate in continuing education to stay current with dental techniques and technology that will help you achieve and maintain good oral health. You will benefit from their experience in the following areas:
- Their advanced training in cosmetic dentistry helps them correctly bond and seal composite fillings so they protect your teeth from decay.
- If you request to have old amalgam fillings replaced with composite, sanitary removal will protect you from any mercury that might be released from the old fillings.
- Metal-free restorations, including dental crowns and bridges, are available. Visit our metal-free dentist page for more information.
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