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Why Our Dental Team Offers Amalgam-Free Dental Care

With advanced technologies of dental adhesion, state-of-the-art ceramics and resins, the newest bonded restorations will be close to rivaling nature in strength, comfort, function and look. With these brand new materials, it is possible to bond your teeth back together, virtually restoring them to their original toughness without the invasiveness of full-coverage crowns. Generally, metal fillings can be replaced with materials that are known to be a better solution to mercury/silver amalgam fillings. It can be, as a result, possible to maintain the healthy, remaining tooth structure, instead of grinding it down for a crown.

Almost everything wears away, and your silver fillings will not be any different. They endure stressful and significant biting forces each day, and as they get older, they will break, leak and may cause damaging fractures in the teeth. After some time, metal amalgam fillings have the ability to absorb water, causing them to swell and break away from the tooth. When this happens, your tooth is far more prone to decay and sensitivity.


Mercury/Silver fillings share some other noted drawbacks that should be thought of when it is time for you to replace your restorations:

• Silver fillings are less attractive than tooth-colored fillings. Think about it, they don’t look anything like real teeth.

• Amalgam grows and shrinks whenever subjected to cold and hot extremes inside your mouth. The continuous growth and shrinkage through temperature can initiate cracks as well as fractures in teeth. There will not be any sort of symptoms for a while, but these teeth can become very sensitive as the fracture increases or opens while you bite down or chew. It is not strange for patients to come in questioning the way they broke their own tooth while they had been eating something soft such as bread or a banana. What they don’t know is that the tooth more than likely had a fracture in it well before it eventually came apart.

• Silver fillings that are under regular chewing pressure are prone to metal weakness or bending and flexing failure, a concept which is often understood and demonstrated by repeatedly bending a metal paperclip until it eventually breaks.

• Metal fillings are harder and far less flexible than the teeth they’re molded into. The longer they may be in the teeth, the more pressure they will put on the rest of the weak outer surfaces of the tooth resulting in fractures and cracks.

• Metal fillings are not glued in the tooth cavity. They simply sit in the surrounding tooth and act under pressure to split the tooth apart, just like a metal wedge is required to split logs into firewood.

• A microscopic space around the filling edge is present from the moment your silver filling is plugged into the tooth; and in this space, normal leakage and corrosion takes place. This space is large enough to allow for bacteria and food particles to seep in over time and result in decay at the joint between the tooth and the filling. Composite fillings, however, are essentially glued to the tooth surfaces and seal the borders closed from invading bacteria.

• In order to prepare a tooth for a composite filling, the actual tooth can be treated a lot more gently and with less healthy tooth structure needing to be removed. And therefore, the dentist can retain the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure as is feasible.

• Silver fillings necessitate drilling undercuts (think carving out a pumpkin) as well as removing larger healthy parts from the tooth to be able to keep the mercury amalgam repair from falling out because it is not bonded right to the tooth. These types of undercuts may also weaken the tooth as fillings get larger and doom that tooth to subsequent fracture at some point. These fractures could be significant resulting in crowning the tooth to restore it or perhaps major fractures resulting in removal of the tooth.

• Composites, with their chance to be conservative and using their gluelike qualities, could reinforce and guard against fracture. By blocking the potential of fracturing before going through the symptoms of hot/cold sensitivity as well as biting pain, brand new conservative treatment options like tooth-colored fillings or porcelain-bonded restorations are actually stopping the side effects of toothaches and damaged teeth.

• Finally, many dentists say that, bonded tooth-colored restoratives are probably safer than conventional fillings, because they don’t include any mercury. Although the American Dental Association (ADA) claims the utilization of mercury in metal fillings is safe, there’s an ongoing debate inside the dental industry concerning the side effects of those mercury amalgam fillings. In Europe, several countries actually prohibited the utilization of mercury amalgam fillings in order to avoid any sort of hazards connected with mercury.

Considering the list of negatives associated, and potentially associated, with silver/mercury amalgam fillings, it’s no wonder that patients are telling Dr. Stone to be PROACTIVE about removal of mercury fillings rather than being REACTIVE and waiting until something goes wrong with the tooth.