At The Massa Dental Center we are proud to offer mercury-free and metal-free dentistry. Our dental treatments use advanced composite or porcelain materials to restore your teeth, avoiding the risks associated with mercury in silver-colored amalgam fillings.
The Dangers of Amalgam Fillings
Even a small amount of mercury in your dental restorations can be harmful to your body. Silver fillings contain 50% mercury which, when mixed with other metals, creates what is called an amalgam. It is well known that mercury is one of the most toxic elements on earth. While some dental offices have deemed mercury fillings safe for use in people’s mouth, it is illegal to place those same fillings in the trash, wash them down the drain, or even flush them down the toilet.
Metal Fillings have several other disadvantages including:
- Risk of tooth fracture with even slight temperature changes
- Fillings can loosen and fall out
- Metal fillings leak, and tooth decay can reach beneath the filling’s surface
- Tarnished metal can permanently stain your teeth, giving them a gray appearance
- Metal fillings don’t match the color of teeth and are unaesthetic
Amalgam fillings emit a mercury vapor even after they are placed in your teeth. This vapor can not only affect you – it can also impact a developing child or fetus. Other countries around the world have already banned the use of amalgam for dental restorations.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
With tooth-colored fillings, you can avoid all of the problems listed above, improving both the health and the appearance of your smile. The tooth-colored fillings are bonded, meaning they strengthen the teeth, whereas mercury amalgam fillings weaken teeth.
Not only are white fillings safer for the environment, they are also functionally superior and improve the appearance of your smile.
Replacing Metal Fillings
The Massa Dental Center routinely helps patients replace their old mercury fillings, crowns, or bridges with safe tooth-colored materials.
Remarkable Esthetic Dentistry and Smile Design