Biocompatible Mercury Metal-Free Dentistry Glendale
Years ago, it was routine for dentists to use amalgam mercury to fill dental caries. This was before people understood how poisonous mercury was. At our Glendale dental office, our goal is to give our patients the very best care and to be mindful of not just their oral health but of the health of their entire bodies. To that end, our dentists never use mercury.
The dangers of mercury can’t be overstated. It’s simply the most poisonous element on earth that’s not radioactive. It can play havoc with just about every bodily system, including the immune system, the cardiovascular system, the urinary tract, the gastrointestinal tract and digestive system and the respiratory system. The effect of mercury on the central nervous system is especially devastating. It has been shown to cause damage that’s similar to Alzheimer’s disease. Besides this, silver fillings are ugly and medical experts believe they contribute to mercury poisoning.
Fortunately, there are substances to use for fillings beside amalgam mercury. They can be porcelain or resin and high noble gold. Porcelain is especially hard and strong and can be made to match the exact color of a patient’s teeth.
To make sure that our patient’s systems are compatible with these substances, we offer the Clifford Material Reactivity Test. This is a blood test that lets our dentists know which substances hold the least risk for our patients.
Our dentists not only do not use mercury fillings, but they are experts at removing the mercury fillings that our patients do have. This removal is an immediate benefit to the health of our patients. To remove the mercury fillings, our dentists follow a very exact protocol. This includes:
Making sure that every particle of amalgam and mercury vapor is removed from the mouth using a special suction system with a specialized tip.
Using a maximally efficient vacuum system.
Flooding the filling with great amounts of water as it’s being removed.
Taking out the amalgam in large pieces. This will reduce the amount of both mercury vapor and small particles that can be overlooked.
Making sure that both the patient, the dentist and the staff are given mercury-free air.
Silver fillings are unsightly and are considered to cause mercury poisoning in your body.
White composite or porcelain restorations can easily restore the natural strength and appearance of your teeth.
Our New and Improved Restorations
In the past, porcelain was used with metals for restoration, but they had an unnatural look because they blocked the light that struck natural teeth. Our dentists now utilize materials that create the most natural-looking restorations. They add these materials to the most up-to-date techniques in cosmetic dentistry.
One example of this is zirconia crowns, which let light pass through the porcelain as it would through a natural tooth. However, this doesn’t compromise the functionality of the crown.
The state-of-the-art porcelain crowns also don’t produce that gray line at the gum line.
For a beautiful and attractive smile, don’t hesitate to contact us about the latest fillings, crowns, and other cosmetic techniques!