4 Reasons to Choose Metal-Free Dentistry

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Dental science has evolved by leaps and bounds in recent years. In the past, getting fillings and crowns to repair tooth decay meant using solid metal fillings or crowns. That was then, this is now, and today modern dentistry offers an exciting alternative to metallic restorations. By opting for metal-free restorations, you’ll enjoy both the aesthetic and health benefits. Keep reading, as your Greeneville family dentists at Tusculum Dental Care provide five reasons why you should choose metal-free dentistry.

Reason 1: Metal-free restorations look natural

Traditional dentistry works with metallic-looking restorations made of dental amalgam. These restorations often come out looking silver. In the mouth, they can appear like dark patches that are quite noticeable. Metal-free dentistry negates these aesthetic concerns. At Tusculum Dental Care, we offer composite fillings made of a resin material. Our other restorations, such as crowns, can be fabricated from dental porcelain. This is a beautiful yet durable material that similarly reflects light like natural tooth enamel. Our experienced cosmetic dentists in Greeneville also can select porcelain or composite in a shade that matches your other natural healthy teeth.

Reason 2: Metal-free restorations are strong.

Your teeth work hard and, with proper care, can last your entire life. Metal-free dental restorations are durable. Placing a metal-free filling is less invasive because it bonds directly to your tooth. Therefore, less natural tooth structure is removed when placing a composite filling, resulting in a stronger tooth. Also, metal-free restorations react to temperature changes in the mouth similarly to enamel, unlike metal fillings that cause teeth to break or fracture over time.

Reason 3: Metal-free also means mercury-free

Traditional dental fillings are often called silver fillings or metal fillings, but they are actually made of a dental amalgam that is composed of several different substances. One of the key ingredients in dental amalgam is mercury, a potentially hazardous element that could have negative physiological and immunological effects. Mercury also can cause environmental damage if not disposed of properly. Knowing about the health threat of mercury exposure, you can see why your Greeneville dentists offer metal-free options.

Reason 4: Metal-free dentistry is safe for patients of all ages

We believe metal-free restorations are the best choice for everyone, but especially those who already suffer from a metal allergy or women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. With their quantity of mercury, traditional fillings can increase the likelihood of brain damage or neurological problems for an unborn baby. In past years, this might mean pregnant women delayed needed dental work, but metal-free dentistry offers a safe alternative for dental restorations during pregnancy.

Metal-Free Restorations in Greeneville

Tusculum Dental Care is proud to offer metal-free dentistry to our patients in Greeneville, Erwin, and Jonesborough in Tennessee as part of our commitment to improving the oral health and overall wellness of each family who trusts their oral care to us. We also can replace your older dental work with new, beautiful, metal-free restorations. Ready to find out more? Schedule your consultation online or call our office in Greeneville at (423) 639-7575 today.