The materials used in dental restorations have been the topic of conversation among providers and patients for a number of years. Amalgam, in particular, has come under fire, leaving millions of patients wondering about the safety of fillings that have been in their mouth for decades. This thought process usually leads to patients questioning the safety of materials used in all of their dental work.
Amalgam fillings are composed of a variety of metals and contain mercury. Mercury exposure has been known to compromise health and it can affect the immune system. Mercury toxicity is a real fear among patients and providers because amalgam was once a standard material. It was known for its strength and it was commonly used in dental restorations. Chances are that most adults who have had a cavity have amalgam fillings.
Amalgam is also known to cause tooth fractures. The material expands and contracts based on temperature. Consuming hot or cold beverages and chewing can cause the filling to expand or shrink and put stress on the tooth, eventually causing fractures. Many patients with amalgam fillings have had to replace them with a larger filling or crown due to fracture.
Holistic dentistry is a philosophy that is built on the belief that oral health and health of the entire body are connected. This means that materials used in the mouth can affect a patient’s overall wellness. At Holistic Dental Centers, we make it our mission to use only the safest, biocompatible materials in all of our procedures. We believe strongly in ensuring the health and wellness of our patients and for us, this starts with holistic care in the mouth. All of our fillings are made out of composite or porcelain. These materials are not only safe, but they can be matched to remaining teeth to give patients a natural-looking solution.
For dental care that focuses on treating the patient as a whole, call Holistic Dental Centers today. Our commitment is to provide our patients with safe and aesthetically pleasing solutions. We offer a wide variety of restorative, cosmetic, and preventative services to meet all of your needs. Visit us today in Cary or Cornelius to learn more about the advantages of a holistic dental practice.