For over 150 years, dental amalgam—made from tin, silver, copper, and mercury—has been the standard treatment for cavities and minor tooth damage. While amalgams have stood the test of time, this dental material contains mercury that poses health concerns. Plus, silver looks good as jewelry, but it doesn’t look natural in your mouth.
Carolinas BioHealth Dentistry in Clemmons, North Carolina, has a no-mercury use policy to safeguard your oral and overall health. Our office offers composite fillings as a safe and beautiful alternative to amalgam fillings. Made from resin monomers and finely grounded glass or ceramics, composite fillings provide a tooth-colored restoration for undetectable dental work.
Composite fillings vs amalgam fillings
Amalgam fillings are still placed in some offices because of their low cost, durability, and ease of placement. But as patients become concerned about the presence of mercury in amalgams, many now want a safer alternative.
Besides safety, composite fillings offer several benefits over their metal counterparts.
- Aesthetic appeal: Composite fillings are tooth-colored, offering a beautiful option for tooth restoration. Unlike metal fillings that stand out when you open your mouth, composite fillings are virtually undetectable when smiling or talking. Because of their unrivaled beauty, composites can even be used to restore front teeth
- Conservativeness: Placing silver-colored fillings requires removing a significant amount of the enamel, often leaving your tooth weaker and susceptible to cracks. In contrast, we only need to remove a minimal portion of your healthy tooth structure to place a composite filling
- Better tooth protection: Composites chemically bond with the tooth, creating an airtight seal to prevent bacterial infiltrations. Furthermore, this superior bond strengthens your tooth to prevent breakage and seal the tooth from extreme temperature changes
- Amalgam tattoo: Another drawback of metal fillings is that they release metallic pigments that create unsightly dark spots in your gums, making it look like a tattoo. Not only does this pose cosmetic concerns, mercury may get embedded in your gums.
Bid goodbye to metal fillings!
Carolinas BioHealth Dentistry provides non-metal, mercury-safe restorations for treating cavities and minor tooth damage.
And if you currently have metal fillings, take advantage of our safe mercury removal technique. Contact us at (336) 793-0577 to schedule your appointment today.
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