La Jolla Mercury-Free Dentist
Silver fillings have been in use for more than 150 years. Long considered a durable method of tooth repair, these fillings, also referred to as amalgams, are somewhat antiquated in the face of advanced dental care. Amalgams are comprised of a mixture of mercury, silver, and other metals. Although called “silver fillings,” these restorations are about 50% mercury. While there are certain strong points to amalgam fillings, we understand that many patients today would prefer a more biocompatible, attractive option for repairing teeth.
Advantages of Mercury-Free Fillings
Dr. Doan is a mercury-free dentist serving La Jolla and surrounding San Diego communities. He prefers composite, or tooth-colored fillings, for advantages such as:
- More conservative care. Amalgams are retained using mechanics, which requires a greater extent of modification to natural tooth structure, which has already been weakened. Composite fillings are bonded to the tooth, which allows us to restore structural integrity without extensive drilling.
- Composite is a mixture of an organic resin with an inorganic filler such as glass or quartz. There is no metal, which means there is less conduction of heat and cold. Because of the insulation achieved with composite material, patients experience less sensitivity after treatment.
- Bonded composite fillings strengthen teeth. Amalgams, in contrast, can cause further weakness and susceptibility to fracture.
- Composite fillings are colored to match surrounding enamel, which makes them disappear into your smile for the most natural appearance.
Preserve the authenticity of your smile with composite, mercury-free fillings. Call La Jolla cosmetic dentist Dr. Doan at (858) 452-1504.