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Why It’s Important to Choose Mercury-Free Fillings

added on: May 9, 2024

The doctors at All About Smiles, Dr. Lewis Yu and Dr. Grace Liu, are SMART-certified, which stands for Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Technology distributes this certification to doctors who have completed the required education and training to safely remove mercury amalgam.

Top 4 Reasons to Choose Mercury-Free Dentistry

As the popularity of amalgam fillings declines, patients are increasingly curious about the benefits of mercury-free fillings. Whether you want to opt for a tooth-colored filling for aesthetic reasons or are concerned about the potential toxicity of mercury, choosing mercury-free dentistry offers a range of additional advantages.

  • Mercury-Free Dentistry is Safer for Patients (and Dentists!)

The number one reason many patients opt for mercury-free fillings and why many dentists are shifting away from the traditional silver amalgam fillings is that there is less likelihood of an allergic reaction or adverse side effects. Patients with a metal sensitivity may find themselves unable to manage silver fillings, and there are questions as to the toxicity of mercury exposure — which is why there’s been a shift away from material containing it.

  • Patients Will Benefit From a More Natural Smile

If you’re looking for a confident, natural smile, mercury-free fillings come in a range of tooth-colored materials. Biocompatible materials include composite resin, ceramic, and porcelain. Patients find that these materials blend seamlessly with their natural teeth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile, as opposed to traditional silver amalgam fillings, which can stand out like a sore thumb.

  • Mercury-Free Fillings Provide Better Protection

Silver amalgam fillings are known to expand and contract with temperature changes, creating small gaps between the filling and the tooth. This creates a pathway for bacteria, which can be harmful. Composite fillings provide longer-lasting protection, and food particles cannot quickly get past the secure bonding.

  • Biocompatible Fillings Are Minimally Invasive

Patients will likely want to save as much natural tooth structure as possible. Amalgam fillings often require more structure to be removed than composite resin fillings. Patients seeking a more conservative approach to restoring a damaged or decaying tooth will find that using a biocompatible material is the way to go.

Call Us Today to Discuss Mercury-Free Fillings in Wilmington, DE

At All About Smiles, we believe metal-free is the way to be. Our fillings are free from harmful toxins, and we help patients manage cavities without the sight and sound of a dental drill. The team at All About Smiles in Wilmington is SMART-Certified, so you can rest assured that all protocols and safety measures will be followed when removing old amalgam fillings. Call or request an appointment online today if you’re searching for a dental practice that offers a positive environment and a dedication to your oral health and well-being.


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