4 reasons to choose metal-free fillings

Categories: General Dentistry

choose metal free fillingsSanta Cruz, Scotts Valley CA

Metal (also known as amalgam) fillings have been used for decades to repair cavities. If you are an adult, chances are you probably have one or several of these silver fillings in your back teeth. Many dental practices operating at the forefront of their field no longer offer metal fillings for various reasons. For one, they contain mercury, which isn’t safe for neither people or the environment. Plus, metal fillings also are unsightly! Even though they often are only placed in back teeth, those teeth still can be visible when you flash a huge grin or if you open your mouth to let out a hysterical laugh.

Cosmetic dentists in Santa Cruz, Drs. Max and Ariana Ebrahimian, want to share with you four reasons why you should choose metal-free fillings. At Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, we offer composite resin that can be used to repair cavities or to replace your old silver fillings for a confident and beautiful smile.

  1. Tighter tooth bond

You may be wondering what this means and why it’s important, but it means that composite material bonds directly to your tooth, which means less risk of the filling becoming loose, leaking, or falling out – all things that metal fillings are known to do over time. Also, having a tighter bond means that there is a much lower risk of recurrent decay developing underneath the filling.

  1. Natural look

There is no denying that metal fillings are anything but natural looking. Metal-free fillings or composites consist of a resin material that can be matched to your exact tooth shade. This results in a completely natural look. You will be amazed at the difference when you have your metal fillings replaced in Los Gatos. Our patients who receive composite fillings are amazed at the difference it can make in their smile, and their confidence.

  1. Reduces tooth sensitivity

Have you ever noticed that any of your teeth that are loaded with metal tend to be sensitive more so than any other teeth in your mouth? That’s because metal is a conductor of both hot and cold, which explains why you may feel a little zing now and again when eating or drinking. Metal-free fillings, on the other hand, do not cause tooth sensitivity.

  1. Healthier for your mouth and body

Since metal fillings contain mercury, it is no surprise that they aren’t that great for your teeth, body, or even the environment. Although these fillings are deemed as “safe” for humans, some people just aren’t too keen on the idea of having any risk of mercury exposure, which is why safe removal and replacement of amalgam fillings are best in these cases.

Safe removal of amalgam fillings in Scotts Valley

If you would like to learn more about safe removal of silver fillings, ask us how we can do just that at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry. Whether you want your fillings removed for aesthetic or health reasons, we can help. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office at (831) 438-4411.

Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry is proud to serve patients in the areas of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California.