Beginning in the 1840s, dentists began mixing silver, a little tin, 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.
Some patients ask if Dr. Price is a holistic dentist. The answer is that she is holistic only in this one way – not using mercury. She is not able to accommodate other holistic-related requests such as following the results of Cliffords tests.
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. Amalgam needs to have a minimum thickness of two millimeters or it will fracture. Composite doesn’t require that. Also, with amalgam, all weakened and undermined tooth structure needs to be removed. But composite will bond to any remaining tooth structure and strengthen it
Finding a Qualified Mercury-Free Dentist
Dr. Price has pursued the advanced post-graduate training required to place white composite fillings. These bonding procedures and the technology used in providing composite fillings is a precise science, and significant tooth sensitivity can result if it is not followed properly.
You may schedule an appointment for a full examination or a brief complimentary consultation by calling our office.