Whenever you are looking for a good doctor, you want to have someone who is skilled and experienced at what they do. In addition, you also want them to be using safe practices in their treatments, don’t you?
When it comes to dentistry, one of the safest choices dentists can make while treating patients is to use mercury-safe (amalgam free) fillings.
Traditionally, for tooth decay treatment, dentists use a silver filling known as amalgam. The decay is removed and the gap is filled with amalgam which is essentially mercury that is melted and applied into the gap.
The vapor released during this process is hazardous for the patient as well as others in the treatment room. This can also create problems related to mercury toxicity.
The mercury-free or mercury-safe dentistry doesn’t use silver amalgam filling, rather uses a composite filling for tooth decay. This composite filling eliminates the risk of mercury toxicity and is better for the overall health of the patient.
Benefits of Mercury-Safe Dentistry
- Less Invasive
Compared to traditional amalgam fillings, mercury-safe fillings are less invasive. Amalgam fillings are known to damage healthy tooth tissues, tooth structure and may even fracture the tooth. But the composite fillings not only preserve the tooth structure, but also strengthen the roots of the teeth.
- Last Long
Mercury-safe fillings last as long as or even longer than amalgam fillings. Composite fillings have been found to work better and longer against primary tooth decay in children.
- Requires Same Time
Mercury- safe fillings do not take longer than amalgam fillings to place.
- More Effective
Mercury- safe fillings can help prevent carries which amalgam fillings don’t. composite fillings also help in preventive measures like adjacent pits’ sealing.
- Easy to Repair
Mercury- safe fillings can be more easily repaired than amalgam. They allow localized repairs during the initial placement.
Mercury-safe fillings are safer than amalgam fillings for healing. They are also safer for the environment.