If you want a beautiful smile, the first step is to look after your dental health. Regular brushing, flossing and check-ups at your dentist can help to keep your teeth looking bright. However, even if you are diligent about your oral hygiene, you may sometimes need a bit of work done – such as having a cavity filled or a crack repaired.
When it comes to treating tooth decay and injuries, there are a number of options to choose from including amalgam, gold, ceramics and composites. Although mercury amalgam was at one time the most common choices mercury-free dentistry alternatives are becoming much more popular, as they offer a number of benefits and can help you maintain your perfect smile.
There are two big reasons to opt for mercury-free dentistry: cosmetic reasons and your health.
One of the main complaints about mercury-based dentistry is that it can be easily seen, due to its dark silver colour. You certainly don’t want a mercury filling on the front surface of your teeth, but amalgam fillings on other parts of your teeth may also be glimpsed when you’re talking, laughing or yawning.
The beauty of mercury-free dentistry options like composites and ceramics is that the materials used are white in colour, so they match the rest of your tooth and blend in to be completely invisible.
Some people are also concerned about the health risks posed by mercury fillings. This is because mercury, on its own, is extremely toxic. When it is used in fillings, mercury is mixed with other substances to create the amalgam and most experts believe that the finished product is perfectly safe.
However, some people have strong concerns about mercury toxicity and prefer to use products that do not contain any mercury at all. In fact, some countries like Norway and Sweden have already outlawed its use in dentistry procedures entirely. If you’re worried about the health risks involved with mercury amalgam, then mercury-free dentistry solutions like ceramic and composites are ideal options.
In addition, we can also remove any old mercury amalgam dental work that you may already have and replace those fixtures with new items made from mercury-free materials like ceramic or dental composite.
Our process for removing old amalgam fillings is safe and we’ll use appropriate methods to prevent any additional mercury exposure and to ensure the procedure is pain-free. Once the work is completed, you’ll have a beautifully white smile and no more unsightly dark fillings on your teeth.
Whether you’re concerned about the use of mercury amalgam in your existing dental work, or want to make the most of the mercury-free dentistry options that are available, the team at Museum Dental Suites is here to provide expert care that leaves you feeling confident and with a smile you’ll love to show off.
If you have any questions about mercury-free dentistry, or would like to discuss your dental health with one of our specialists, please get in touch on 0207 036 1999.