Amalgam-Free Dentistry in Chaska
For years, the only option for restoring a tooth following decay was with an amalgam, or silver, filling. This dark restoration was unsightly, damaged the natural tooth enamel, and put the patient at risk for mercury exposure. Chaska Dental Care has been using a metal-free solution since 1997. We are pleased to be the amalgam-free dentist Chaska counts on for healthier dental restorations with tooth-colored fillings.
What Is Amalgam?
Amalgam is the material used in silver, or metal, fillings. One half is liquid mercury, and the other half is a mixture of tin, silver, and copper. The result is a silver or gray spot on the tooth, a mark that stands out against the tooth enamel. While the material has been approved for use in dentistry by the FDA, many patients are concerned with the use of mercury in their dental restorations.
What Is Amalgam-Free Dentistry?
At Chaska Dental Care, we do not use amalgam in restorative dental care -- and we haven’t since 1997. We practice amalgam free dentistry, which means we perform tooth-colored fillings, instead. This method uses white composite resin to restore teeth following decay. The composite resin is a biocompatible material made up of a mixture of smooth plastic and glass particles.
What Are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Compared to the silver alternative, the benefits of tooth-colored fillings are significant. Some of these advantages of white restorations include:
- Less removal of the tooth structure is required, allowing for more conservative dentistry
- Composite resin is highly customizable to match the shade of the rest of your teeth
- Tooth-colored fillings are less sensitive to changes in temperature
- Composite resin dries within minutes after application
- Fillings placed with composite resin can last as long as amalgam fillings
At first glance, the most significant benefit of tooth-colored fillings is the fact that they blend in with the rest of your smile -- but the method is also gentler on the teeth, results in less sensitivity, and lasts just as long as the traditional method.
Is It Necessary to Replace My Silver Fillings?
Many patients are interested in having their silver fillings replaced with tooth-colored fillings. If you are not experiencing problems with your amalgam fillings, it is not necessary to have them replaced. Replacement may, however, prevent future issues. It ultimately depends on how proactive you wish to be. Silver fillings can present problems later on, like making it difficult for your dentist to detect a leak or break of the filling -- even on x-rays. When this occurs, decay may advance without notice, eventually causing pain and requiring more significant treatment, like root canal or tooth extraction. Additionally, patients may choose to have their fillings replaced to prevent the risk for mercury exposure.
Filling replacement is a simple procedure that can potentially prevent more significant problems later on. The decision on whether or not to switch your non-problematic silver fillings for white ones is ultimately up to you.
Get In Touch With Us Today!
If you would like to discuss amalgam-free dentistry, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the dentist in Chaska. Dr. Meschke and Dr. Swingdorf provide the biocompatible dental care you and your loved ones deserve. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!