What is mercury free dentistry? Ask Irvine area dentist about biological oral health care
Irvine area patients who are interested in visiting a mercury free dentist often have many questions to ask regarding this biological method of dental health and wellness.
What is mercury free dentistry?
Dr. David Son explains mercury free dentistry as dental care free from the use of silver amalgam fillings. In the past, silver amalgam was a material often used by dentists to repair teeth when cavities had formed. However, studies show that this material is toxic to the human body. It is comprised of mercury, which, when heated – even by chewing – can be released and cause mercury toxicity. Instead, Dr. David Son and his team encourage patients to avoid the use of silver amalgam fillings and instead focus on the use of composite resin as a safer, more aesthetic alternative. A mercury free dentist eliminates this material from their practice and instead focuses on more biocompatible materials.
Why choose composite resin for cavities?
Composite resin bonding:
- Does not expand and contract excessively with temperature changes, eliminating the risk of bacteria entering the tooth structure
- Is tooth-colored, ensuring that it blends in with the smile and is not noticeable as a restoration
- Is versatile, and is also used for disguising gaps between teeth and reshaping natural teeth
- Is an affordable way of restoring the smile following the development of cavities
How can I prevent cavities?
First, patients should practice preventative dental habits. This includes brushing their teeth after every meal, flossing at least once a day, and visiting their dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and examinations to ensure they are taking care of their smile. Cavities are preventable when patients maintain good oral health practices.
Ready to learn more about mercury free dentistry and biological dental care?
Contact Dr. David Son and his team at (949) 565-4929 today to book an appointment at the practice, conveniently located at 13925 Yale Avenue, Suite 110. We can provide recommendations as to the procedures and services you may require to bring your smile to health, without using questionable materials within your mouth that may negatively impact your overall health and wellness.