The benefits of mercury free fillings Mesa
“Don’t put that in your mouth!” This is something parents tell young children when they start to chew on something covered in germs, or worse yet, is dangerous. As they grow up, they learn to differentiate what is safe to eat for themselves. They know that if a piece of pizza lands on the floor it needs to go in the garbage. If the pizza had mercury as a topping, they would know that it was not safe to eat. The question is why do people put mercury fillings in their mouths?
“Silver” or amalgam fillings
These are most commonly referred to as “silver” which is misleading. While the do contain a little bit of silver they are 50 percent mercury. They also contain other metals including tin and copper. The name comes from their silver color. If the toxicity is not enough of a reason to avoid them, they also require that more of the tooth be removed than other restorative options. Dr. Fritz can safely remove and replace these with non-toxic alternatives. He takes all of the necessary steps to ensure the patients safety during the procedure. This process is much safer than leaving them in place.
Mercury free options
Composite fillings are non-toxic and match the tooth color. They also bond well to the tooth, but the big drawback to them is that, on average, they only last about five years before they have to be replaced.
Porcelain fillings are the option that Dr. Fritz prefers. They are a good solution for restoring a tooth that has been damaged by decay. Some of the benefits include:
- They are a non-toxic alternative to mercury.
- They can be created to match the shade of your teeth, thus making them practically invisible.
- Porcelain is translucent, so it resembles natural tooth enamel.
- Porcelain actually helps strengthen teeth.
- This material is resistant to stains.
- With good oral hygiene, these restorations can last a lifetime.
Not only does Dr. Fritz practice mercury free dentistry but also mercury safe. From removing old amalgam fillings, to caring for new decay, residents of Mesa can rely on New Health Dental for quality care. Call today to schedule your appointment.