Safe, Natural looking Metal Free Fillings
Our practice offers metal-free dentistry services for patients that may be concerned about the side effects and health risks associated with certain metals. Even though gold crowns and metal-based fillings offer numerous benefits for restoring damaged teeth, they do not look like your real teeth and there is ongoing debate about the health risks associated with amalgam or metal-based fillings.
If you have cracked or damaged teeth that require restorative work like fillings, talk to us about composite resin or tooth colored restorations that can restore your beautiful smile!
What is Metal Free Dentistry?
Metal-free dentistry services can be an attractive alternative to traditional treatments that involve using alloys and metals to restore damaged teeth. Fillings are performed to fill out cavities and restore teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay. In the past, amalgam was typically placed in the hole to strengthen the tooth structure but the filling does not look natural.
Many patients and medical professionals are concerned that mercury in metal fillings poses some health risks and is best avoided. The American Dental Association has highlighted several journals and examples that deem dental amalgam to be safe.
However, silver amalgam does contain mercury and which tends to contract and expand when exposed to heat and cold. Over time, this can weaken or crack the tooth structure and require additional treatment. Composite resin tooth restorations are bonded to the teeth so there is no risk of expansion or contraction.
Benefits of Metal-Free Fillings
Metal-free fillings, such as composite resin fillings, are designed to match the color of your real teeth and help to create natural-looking results. Some of the benefits of metal-free fillings include:
- Do not turn black over time
- Do not contain mercury
- Strengthen the tooth structure
- Stabilize the tooth
- Reduces tooth sensitivity
- Attractive option for patients with minor tooth decay
- Can enhance the smile