April 14, 2016
For many years now there’s been controversy over the use of metal amalgam fillings and porcelain fused to metal crowns in dental restorations. The controversy has caused many dentists to exclusively use composite resin for fillings and all porcelain crowns for their restorations. Many dentists encourage their patients to remove old metal amalgam fillings and replace them with composite fillings. Your Edison dentists discuss the reasons why you may want to consider removing old metal fillings and why your mouth should be metal free.
While it has not officially been proven that amalgam fillings are unsafe, many people have concerns about the mercury content in them. When your fillings are “stimulated,” by eating, drinking, brushing, etc., mercury vapor can be released into your body and may cause health concerns. Mercury also has to be handled and disposed of properly, and it can cause harm to our environment.
Metal fillings react to the temperature changes in your mouth by expanding and contracting. This causes them to pull away from your tooth over time, which causes leakage and allows bacteria to enter your tooth. Metal fillings will eventually need to be replaced in order to prevent tooth decay from reoccurring underneath. For this reason, your dentist may recommend that it’s time to replace your metal fillings with composite, which is much more durable because it’s bonded directly to your tooth.
Most patients don’t love the way their metal fillings and crowns look, making it obvious that you’ve had dental work done. Composite fillings are tooth colored and custom blended to match your existing teeth so they are virtually unnoticeable. All-porcelain crowns are also custom designed to naturally complement your smile. You will no longer see the gray “shadow” or metal edge of a porcelain fused to metal crown. Metal free restorations give you a beautiful smile, while also adding function to your teeth.
Dr. Steven Resnick and Dr. David Rosenfeld have been providing metal free crowns and fillings in Edison for decades. These doctors appreciate the health benefits and visual appeal that metal free restorations have to offer their patients. With many years of experience and hundreds of hours of continuing education, you can rest assured that when you work with Dr. Resnick and Dr. Rosenfeld, you’ll receive a restoration that you can trust and rely on. Contact our office to learn more about metal free dental restorations.
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