Dr. Ashley Price seeks to reconcile concerns about safety and patient sensitivity with the types of dental materials she chooses to use. She and our staff understand that many people have questions about mercury and biocompatibility, and she will work with you to find dental solutions that fit your needs.
We know much more than we used to about how our oral health affects our well-being, and with new dental materials being introduced, it is more important than ever to understand the ways our bodies may react over time.
A Holistic Approach to Fillings
Silver amalgam fillings have been around since the 1840s, and they’ve saved countless teeth. But they are made of about 50 percent mercury. Although the American Dental Association says they are safe, many patients opt for white composite fillings for a number of reasons. White composite fillings are bonded directly to the tooth structure. They seal adjacent areas and actually strengthen the teeth they fill, where silver amalgam fillings have a tendency to weaken the tooth structure.
In addition, they look and feel more like natural tooth material, providing a more aesthetic appearance. And white composite fillings save more of the natural tooth than silver amalgam fillings do, requiring less drilling in the preparation stage.The photos above show teeth filled with silver amalgam before and after restoration with white composite fillings.
Sanitary Removal of Silver Amalgam Fillings
Many patients are also concerned about the possible toxicity of silver amalgam fillings, and they prefer to have them replaced by a dentist who can provide sanitary removal. Dr. Price is skilled in this process.
Dr. Price will be happy to discuss your concerns and wishes regarding any of these topics. You can schedule a complete exam by calling our office for an exam or a brief complimentary consultation.