Mercury-free dental fillings are one of the most desirable options for dental patients looking to restore their teeth and enjoy a healthy mouth. Though amalgam, or metal, fillings have been used for many years and are still in use today, the potential health risks associated with mercury are causing more and more patients to seek out mercury-free alternatives.
The most commonly used metal fillings contain an amalgam of metals that include silver, tin, copper, and mercury. As many as 50% of fillings may contain mercury, making it one of the most widespread sources of mercury exposure. The mercury used in dental fillings is a liquid form of the element and is mixed with the other metals to create a durable filling material.
The primary concern with dental fillings containing mercury is that, as the fillings age, they can slowly release mercury vapors. These vapors can be inhaled and absorbed by the body, leading to potential health risks. The World Health Organization and other health organizations have conducted research that has linked mercury exposure to a variety of health issues, including kidney damage, neurological damage, and autoimmune disorders.
Beyond the health risks associated with mercury-containing fillings, there are also other factors that make mercury-free fillings desirable. Mercury-free fillings are made from composite materials, such as plastic, glass, and quartz. They are generally more aesthetically pleasing than metal fillings, as they are tooth-colored and can be blended to match the natural color of the tooth. Furthermore, these fillings are more flexible and less prone to cracks and leakages than metal fillings. This can help to prolong the life of the filling and provide a more lasting result.
Mercury-free fillings are also generally more affordable than metal fillings, making them a great option for those who are looking for a cost-effective way to restore their teeth. Additionally, these fillings are easier to apply and can be done in fewer visits to the dentist, which can be a great benefit for those who have busy schedules.
Ultimately, mercury-free dental fillings are a great option for those looking to restore their teeth and enjoy a healthy mouth. They are not only safer than metal fillings, but they also offer a variety of aesthetic, cost, and convenience benefits that make them a desirable option for dental patients. Contact our office today to learn how our treatment options can offer you a safer alternative to metal fillings.