Metal fillings and crowns have been pretty popular in dentistry. However, this popularity is dying down with the introduction of metal-free restorations and revealed downsides of amalgam fillings. In this blog, we will discuss more about metal-free fillings and restorations to help you make an informed decision.
Typically, dental fillings are used to fill cavities to restore the appearance and functionality of a patient’s teeth. In America, many people over 30 years old have one or two teeth filled with metal fillings. The most common option is amalgam/ silver fillings. However, don’t let the word silver make you think they are made of pure silver.
On average, amalgam fillings are made of 32 percent silver, 50 percent mercury, and a touch of zinc, nickel, and copper. Unfortunately, when we chew or take too hot foods, the mercury in the fillings is released into our bodies, and this can lead to mercury poisoning. Mercury poisoning causes headaches, liver problems, and more serious health problems. That’s why we strongly recommend safe mercury fillings removal and replacing them with metal-free fillings.
Apart from being a no threat to your health, metal-free comes with many other benefits. If you are still not convinced about them, here are a few more benefits of these restorations.
Pregnant moms are delicate, and they should always be treated with ultimate care. Encountering chemicals such as mercury can pose a significant risk to an unborn child.
One study conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health showed that mercury exposure could contribute to perinatal death. Amalgam fillings are even banned in the country. Metal-free restorations don’t contain any chemicals. Therefore, your unborn child will be safe.
Typically, metal-free restorations are designed to match the color of your natural teeth. In most cases, these metal-free restorations are made of composite resin or porcelain. The materials are stain-resistant, meaning they will remain sparkly for the longest time as long as you maintain proper oral hygiene.
Just because these restorations are not made of metal, it does not mean that they are not strong enough to carry out the basic functions of teeth. For example, porcelain can last for more than eight years without any chips and breaks as long as you maintain proper oral hygiene. Composite resin is less durable and more susceptible to chips, but it can last for more than five years. Just make sure to maintain proper oral hygiene and visit the dentist every six months.
Metal fillings usually have a leakage, but tooth-colored fillings bond to the tooth, making them strong and durable. You can eat and smile with confidence.
It is up to us to take care of the environment as pollution has become really rampant in recent years. Among the pollutants is mercury. When mercury is disposed to the air, it pollutes the air, increasing the risk of neurological problems and brain damage. Metal-free restorations don’t contain mercury, making them safe for the environment and people.
Silver is a metal, and it is conductive. This means that it can cause increased tooth sensitivity with changes in temperatures in your mouth. On the other hand, composite fillings expand and contract at a similar rate as your natural teeth. Furthermore, the material rarely responds to temperature changes hence less sensitivity.
Amalgam fillings often contain several metals, including silver, zinc, nickel, and copper. Some individuals are sensitive towards certain metals and can experience some serious allergic reactions to them. Also, amalgam fillings are not recommended for children and pregnant women.
On the other hand, metal-free restorations are biocompatible, which means they are unlikely going to cause any allergic reactions to the user. They are effective and safe for people of all ages.
At our dental clinic, we strive to protect our patients’ oral as well as overall health. That’s why we strongly recommend the safe removal of metal fillings and replace them with tooth-colored restorations that are safe and aesthetic. Our services are of the highest quality, and you can count on us for all dental services, including dental crowns, implants, whitening, and more. Book an appointment now.