Beautiful mercury free and metal free restorations from a Dayton area dentist
There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the potentially hazardous effects of mercury exposure in the body. Mercury toxicity can affect function of the brain and kidneys as well as cause allergic reactions for patients. Many people take special care to avoid mercury exposure in foods and in their lifestyle, but can still be exposed to it through amalgam fillings in their mouth. The exposure to mercury heightens as the metal is heated, which occurs during everyday tasks such as biting, chewing, and brushing. Dental amalgam, which is composed of a combination of silver, copper, tin, zinc, and mercury is in the majority of fillings in America.
Mercury amalgam fillings have been in use since the 1800s and many dental practices still use them today because they are more affordable and easier to place than biocompatible, metal free options. As the growing concern of potential toxicity rises, holistic options are becoming more popular.
If you are in the Dayton area, you will be happy to learn that Alex Bell Dental believes in the use of mercury and metal free biocompatible restorations.
Some of the advantages to metal free fillings include:
- Appearance – Mercury amalgam fillings are silver colored, which can make them stand out and look unattractive in the mouth. Porcelain and composite fillings are tooth-colored, allowing them to blend in seamlessly. No one will know that your tooth has a filling!
- Durability – Mercury fillings are prone to cracking and fracturing. Biocompatible alternatives tend to be stronger and they will not pull away from teeth like amalgam can.
- No risk of toxic exposure – Composite fillings are safe and biocompatible. You never have to worry while you are eating or brushing your teeth that you are inadvertently exposing yourself to something unsafe or toxic.
As a holistic dentist, Dr. Cobb has a strong belief that your oral health ties in very closely with your entire wellbeing. Our team is committed to using safe, biocompatible materials that will not have adverse effects on your health. If you are interested in a dental care approach that takes into consideration your overall wellness, call us today to schedule an appointment.Back to Mercury Free & Biological Dentistry Page