What is the estimated cost of placing mercury free fillings in Mesa area dental practices?
At the practice of New Health Dental, we focus on providing holistic and biocompatible services for patients in and around the Mesa area, including Gilbert and Phoenix. Dr. Edward Fritz focuses on providing mercury free options to his patients. He understands the problems that can occur when mercury is used in the smile. Mercury is used to fabricate silver amalgam fillings, which have been used for decades for repairing areas of decay. However, studies have shown that there are negative effects of using silver amalgam because of the 50 percent mercury content. Mercury is a toxic substance that can be released into the body when heated—which can happen even when patients eat. To avoid mercury exposure, patients are encouraged to avoid the fillings that can release the vapors and consider mercury free fillings such as composite resin.
Composite resin fillings, also referred to as tooth-colored fillings, are highly encouraged because of the many benefits they provide in addition to reducing exposure to mercury. Composite resin fillings are more aesthetic, as they match the enamel of the teeth, and they are not susceptible to expansion and contraction in the same way silver amalgam fillings are. For these reasons, Dr. Edward Fritz strongly suggests patients consider the benefits of placing mercury free fillings in the smile when addressing areas of tooth decay. For larger areas of decay, patients may have porcelain fillings placed, which are also referred to as inlays and onlays. These are wonderful alternatives when decay is too large for a filling but too small to warrant the use of a dental crown.
Many patients are interested in learning about the cost they can expect with these kinds of fillings. Cost varies depending on size, material, and the number of teeth that need to be treated, so it can be difficult to provide a quote for patients. To obtain a quote, Dr. Edward Fritz encourages patients to come to New Health Dental for an evaluation to determine the expected cost of treatment. Patients who have health insurance may be able to reduce their out-of-pocket expense depending on the coverage their insurance provides.