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Mercury Free Dentistry

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The food, medications and other things we put into our body can affect our health and lifestyle. Most people have chosen to completely eliminate certain products from their diets or household due to their concern about how they may affect their family. Even in dentistry, products like nuts, dairy or gluten can be found in everyday products that are used.

Mercury is another common ingredient found in dental materials that patients and their dentists are choosing to eliminate from routine treatment. Mercury free dentistry allows patients to have their cavities corrected without the use of silver mercury fillings. Instead, tooth colored composite material is used. Not only do these fillings appear to blend in with your natural tooth structure, they also contain absolutely no mercury.

Composite filings can also be used to replace existing silver mercury fillings for patients that want to have the potential toxin removed from their mouth. Removing the mercury fillings should be done properly by a mercury-free dentist, to prevent any of the old filling material from accidentally being ingested during the removal process. A advanced vacuum device is used that takes up all loosened mercury powder and prevents it from accidentally entering the waste or water supply, thereby preventing accidental environmental contamination.

Not only do composite fillings have increased aesthetics, they also require less tooth preparation and bond better to the tooth enamel than silver fillings. This allows tooth colored fillings to be smaller and placed in areas that traditional silver fillings can’t. For instance, they can be placed on the front teeth or smooth surfaces by simply bonding directly with the enamel.

Talk to your dentist today about what mercury free dental options are available to improve your smile!

Posted on behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center


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