When patients think of filling cavities, it often brings to mind the metal fillings that have been used for decades in repairing natural teeth. Cavities are areas of decay that can result in holes in the teeth. A dentist can help in removing the area of decay, filling the cavity, and sealing it off to ensure bacteria cannot enter into the tooth and cause an infection. This also helps protect the tooth and can keep it functioning properly for many years.
However, studies have continued to show the dangers of placing silver amalgam fillings in the mouth. Dr. Carl McMillan of the Cary and Cornelius Holistic Dental Centers is well aware of the damage silver amalgam fillings can do to health and wellness. This is because they contain an ingredient known as mercury, which is the second most toxic element to the human body. Most silver amalgam fillings are comprised of approximately 50 percent mercury. When this material is placed into the tooth, it exposes the mouth and body to the vapors it can release, resulting in long-term mercury toxicity.
Mercury can have many neurological effects, which is why it should be avoided at all costs. The team at the Holistic Dental Centers focuses on providing biocompatible options to patients including composite resin fillings. Composite resin fillings are more desirable for several reasons. They are affordable, safe, and are more aesthetic. They match natural tooth enamel and many patients can enjoy successful, safe replacement of their silver amalgam fillings at our practice.
Dr. Carl McMillan works with patients to help them attain a more beautiful smile while also maintaining its health and wellness. They fully understand the oral systemic connection, the link between the mouth and the body. If you live in or around the areas of Cary or Cornelius, now is a wonderful time to book an appointment with our team of professionals at Holistic Dental Centers.