At Hello Dental Colchester we have moved with the times, we do not use Metal based mercury fillings… we are a mercury free dentist, heres why:
As a mercury free dentist we see metal fillings cause more harm then good and they may have been the best that was available 20+ years ago. Nowadays there are replacements that are not only better in appearance but healthier for the tooth and your body.
The main reason mercury based metal fillings are still used widely used is to do with cost and the fact that they are much less technically demanding to place. It is likely in the near future their use is going to be banned due to the environmental impact of the mercury released from the material.
Metal mercury based metal fillings can crack teeth.
When you eat or drink hot or cold things the metal filling expands and contracts much faster than the tooth around it… this leads to many cracks over time these meet up and cause teeth to break. If you are lucky only a small piece of tooth will break but if one small piece has broken then it can be certain there are more cracks that need to be stopped from getting worse. Many times the tooth will crack so badly that it cannot be restored and has to be extracted.
Some people talk about how long their metal fillings have lasted, The reality is just because the metal fillings are in the tooth and the tooth isn’t hurting does not mean they are not causing damage to the teeth. Because teeth are very resilient they will take a great deal of damage before causing even sensitivity.
We don’t expect you to take our word for it, we take photos of the teeth before and during to show you the damage (if you want to see it!) and after removal of the metal fillings, you can see the true extent of the damage yourself.
In some cases of the crack is so severe we use our lasers combined with modern adhesives to disinfect and seal the crack and then stabilise the tooth with a crown.
Additionally health concerns have been raised about the impact of the mercury which is released from the fillings into your body. While the jury is out on the level of impact that this has on our bodies it does not make sense to use a potential toxin when alternatives are available. White fillings are superior aesthetically, mechanically and from a health perspective.
If you would like more information on why we are mercury free dentists in Colchester , please contact us.