Beginning in the 1840s, dentists began mixing silver, copper, and quicksilver, or mercury, into a paste to fill dental cavities. This mix is called silver amalgam, and it has saved millions of teeth. However, advances in bonding technology in the 1980s made it possible to bond a mercury-free white composite filling material directly to a tooth. And the resulting filling not only looks like part of the natural tooth, it actually strengthens the structure of the tooth it fills.
Why People Choose a Mercury-Free Dentist
The American Dental Association maintains that silver-amalgam fillings are completely safe, and most dental schools still primarily teach their students how to use them. But many patients are concerned about using mercury in their own and their children’s mouths. Dr. Price chose to become a mercury-free dentist to help these concerned patients. She not only offers white composite fillings, she has created an entirely mercury-free practice. And she also performs sanitary removal of silver amalgam fillings.
What is Sanitary Removal?
Mercury is released into the air and mouth during removal of silver amalgam fillings. To make sure that none of this debris is breathed in or gets on her patient’s skin, Dr. Price first isolates the tooth with a rubber dam and then utilizes high-speed suction equipment to capture it as she removes it from the tooth.
Saving More Tooth Structure
In addition, the preparation for white composite fillings does not require as much removal of the natural tooth structure as the preparation for silver amalgam fillings does. In the pictures here, you can see the a representation of the difference between the amount of tooth that is removed for a silver filling and what is removed for a composite filling.
Finding a Qualified Mercury-Free Dentist
Dr. Price has pursued the advanced post-graduate training required to not only place white composite fillings, but to provide the equipment and technology to offer sanitary removal as well. The bonding procedures and technology used in providing composite fillings is a precise science, and significant tooth sensitivity can result if it is not followed properly.
If you would like to find out more about Dr. Price’s mercury-free practice, click here to read our holistic dentist page. You can also schedule an appointment for a full examination or a brief complimentary consultation by calling our office.