Metal or amalgam fillings are often referred to as the “ugly duckling” solution to straightforward dental issues. But thankfully, advancements in restorative dentistry have provided the option of amalgam-free fillings, crowns, and bridges! At Dentistry at Manotick, we offer our patients composite resins or porcelain fillings which give teeth a much more natural look and feel.
Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals consisting of liquid mercury along with silver, tin, and copper alloy. It uses mercury to bind together alloy particles that are required to form the amalgam. But with approximately half of the concoction consisting of mercury (which is a known toxin), many people worry that they may be putting their health at risk with these types of fillings. In fact, dental amalgam releases low levels of mercury in the form of vapour. A small amount of mercury in the lungs can lead to serious health problems, and high levels are associated with adverse brain and kidney effects. Although the FDA considers the levels to be safe for adults and children, there is still room for concern, especially for those who are sensitive to mercury.
We use amalgam-free materials in our cavity restorations known as “white fillings.” These do not carry any harmful materials, and they blend in well with the surrounding tooth colour naturally. This means patients can gain a seamless looking smile without having any potential adverse effects from metals.
Depending on the location of the affected teeth in your mouth, our dentists will recommend a material and procedure to restore your smile’s natural look. We take durability, aesthetics, and positioning into account, and will outline what options are available to you. Our amalgam-free restorations provide a stunning natural look, whether you need fillings, crowns, bridges, or inlays.
Amalgam fillings do not strengthen your teeth or reinforce them in any way. In fact, it’s often necessary to remove additional healthy tooth structure in order to fit the amalgam material into the tooth just right. That’s why we love composites and porcelain. Not only are they safer, but they can also provide additional strength and improved function for your teeth. Since they can be designed to match the colour of your surrounding teeth (unlike metal), the safer option of amalgam free fillings just makes sense.
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