Fillings have been the go-to solution to treat tooth decay for generations. Metal fillings have been used for decades because they are durable and cost-effective. However, the risk of mercury exposure has many people wondering if they should replace their metal fillings with composite. While the American Dental Association supports amalgam fillings, there are other advantages to choosing a metal-free solution. Here are 6 reasons to consider making the switch.
1. Lower Your Risk of Mercury Exposure
Metal fillings contain several metals, including mercury. Mercury is in liquid form when at room temperature, which can release vapors that can be inhaled and circulated throughout the body. Mercury exposure can affect vital organs, including the kidneys and brain.
Composite fillings are completely metal-free, so you don’t have to worry about the long-term complications of mercury. The resin consists of biocompatible materials to support your general wellness.
2. Prevent Metal Sensitivities
Since amalgam fillings contain many metals, some people can react poorly to them. Tooth-colored restorations are the perfect alternative because they don’t contain any metals. The risk of allergic reaction for composite is very rare.
3. Boost Your Confidence
A metal filling can stick out like a sore thumb. You won’t have to worry about a filling being the focal point of your smile by making the switch to composite. Your dentist can customize the resin to match your enamel. It will blend in with your tooth, so no one will notice it is there. You’ll boost your self-esteem to smile freely.
4. Preserve Your Tooth Structure
Placing a composite filling differs from the traditional method. After your tooth is clean and any decay has been removed, your dentist applies the resin and uses a special dental light to harden it. You’ll preserve more of your natural tooth structure because composite fillings don’t require wedges for support.
5. Long-Term Solution
Although composite fillings aren’t made of any metals, they are durable to withstand the pressure of biting and chewing. They can last for a decade or longer with the right aftercare, like committing to your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup.
6. Covered Under Dental Insurance
Composite fillings can be covered under your dental insurance in many cases, such as to treat a new cavity or replace a failing restoration. If necessary to your dental health, you can use your coverage to lower the amount you’ll pay out-of-pocket.
Invest in Your Wellness
Research proves a close connection between your oral and general health. Biocompatible dentistry is more than just an investment in your smile. It also supports your overall wellness. Ask your dentist about making the switch to a metal-free filling.
About Dr. John Hamel
Dr. Hamel is an Accredited Member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. He specializes in holistic services, including amalgam filling removal, ozone therapy, and biocompatibility testing. If you’re ready to benefit from dental care that aligns with your well-being, contact our office today.