Should I Replace My Metal Fillings?
Our Cincinnati family dentist, Dr. Tara Hardin, practices a whole body approach to oral health, which includes a commitment to metal-free dentistry. At Hardin Advanced Dentistry, we offer a full suite of cosmetic dentistry services to maintain and enhance your smile, including non-metallic fillings.
The FDA reports that silver-colored amalgam dental fillings have been used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay for more than 150 years. However, tooth-colored composite fillings have recently become much more popular. Some reasons our patients choose to replace their amalgam (silver) fillings at our convenient Mason practice include:
- Metal fillings typically contain mercury. Amalgam fillings are often a blend of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. While some still debate the dangers of mercury fillings, our commitment to holistic dentistry and your overall health compels us to use only composite, mercury-free fillings and CEREC all-ceramic crowns.
- Metal fillings don’t blend with your natural enamel. Our dentists can match your composite fillings to your natural tooth shade for a realistic appearance.
- Metal fillings can cause dental fractures. The compact nature of metal fillings can expose your teeth to considerable pressure, increasing your risk of chips and cracks, leading to potential bacteria build-up and periodontal disease.
- Metal fillings are likely older and worn down. Amalgam fillings don’t last forever and should be replaced every ten to fifteen years.
- Metal fillings make oral health issues more difficult to diagnose. It is easier to identify swollen gums, discoloration, and other oral symptoms with tooth-colored restorations.
Dr. Tara is a mercury-free and mercury-safe Cincinnati family dentist, and a charter member of the International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists (IAMSD).
If you currently have traditional fillings, and wonder if non-metal alternatives are right for you, please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistrytoday by calling (513) 398-4448 or by completing the form on this page. We welcome patients throughout Ohio, including Mason, Dayton, and Cincinnati, as well as Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky.