Many people who are concerned about how their oral health affects their overall well-being include “mercury free” in their definition of a healthy smile. And it’s important to them to have a dentist who understands and shares their concern. Dr. Debra Gray King is a mercury-free dentist. You can be confident that she will only use porcelain or composite fillings or other all-porcelain restorations on your teeth.
What’s the Concern about Mercury?
Although they are often referred to as silver fillings, amalgam fillings contain a variety of metals, including about fifty percent mercury—actually more mercury than silver. The American Dental Association says that dental amalgam is safe, but many people are still concerned that mercury vapors may be released from the fillings when they chew.
When you have a tooth restored or filled at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, it won’t contain mercury.
Why we only use porcelain and composite fillings:
- They bond to your teeth and make them stronger. Old amalgam fillings can become noticeably corroded. It is common for them to separate from your teeth, leaving them open for bacteria to grow and promote even more decay.
- A shade of porcelain or composite is selected to match your natural teeth. People can’t tell that you have a filling when you laugh or smile.
- Mercury-free fillings insulate your teeth, so you experience less sensitivity to cold and heat than with amalgam fillings.
- When your tooth is prepared to fill the cavity, less healthy tooth structure has to be removed than with amalgam fillings.
Fillings and Restorations from a Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. King is concerned about your oral health and your overall well-being. Her advanced training and experience in cosmetic dentistry help her provide you with latest techniques, high-quality materials, and highly esthetic results—and it’s all mercury-free.
If you are interested in mercury-free dentistry, call us to schedule an appointment, or complete our Request an Appointment form.