February 14, 2013
Cavities are one of the most common dental problems patients face on a regular basis, and for over 100 years, dentists have been treating them by providing amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings, which are created by combining elemental mercury, silver, tin, and copper, are a tried-and-true method for repairing the destruction left by decay; they can withstand a lot of pressure, and tend to last for a long time. But they also have some decidedly negative qualities, the worst concerning their cosmetic nature. The fillings can be painfully obvious to those around you if they’re in your front teeth, causing you potential embarrassment. There’s also the threat of a health hazard, especially concerning the mercury used. Never fear – while the ADA’s official stance is that the mercury levels in amalgam fillings are safe, Dr. Sasson and his excellent team don’t feel comfortable taking any chances with your health. That’s why we’re happy to offer you mercury-free fillings here at Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA.
Keep Your Smile Safe, Stable, and Stunning
Instead of the material found in amalgam fillings, our mercury-free fillings are made of safe, durable composite resin and beautiful dental porcelain. Combined, you’ll have a stunning outcome that traditional fillings can’t offer – a seamless new look that hides all evidence of dental treatment and keeps your smile whole and happy. For patients who need their cavities treated but that don’t want to sacrifice their polished professional image to do so, mercury-free fillings are a perfect choice.
Other benefits of mercury-free fillings include:
- They’re bonded directly to teeth with adhesive, which strengthens the tooth for a significant amount of time (often 7-10 years!) without needing to be fixed or replaced.
- Amalgam fillings often are cracked or bend through biting or chewing over time, allowing bacteria and infection to sneak into the tooth; our mercury-free fillings don’t wear down or change shape, keeping your teeth completely protected.
- We’re committed to practicing conservative dentistry, meaning that during procedures, we want to preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible. Mercury-free fillings allow us to accomplish this by requiring much less reduction of the affected tooth than amalgam fillings.
If you’ve already had traditional fillings placed and would like to replace them with mercury-free fillings, we’re happy to do that for you as well. Don’t let cavities get out of control – Dr. Sasson and his team are eager to provide you with expert, personalized care that sends you off with a smile. Feel free to call Boston Smile Center in Brookline, MA if you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule your FREE consultation today.
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