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Metal-Free Dentistry – Marietta, GA

Enjoy Mercury-Free Dental Restorations

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Metal fillings and crowns have been the go-to solutions to treat damaged teeth for decades. Although the American Dental Association deems them safe, it’s natural to be concerned about your long-term exposure to metals, particular mercury. Not to mention, they are very noticeable when you smile. Did you know you could enjoy more biocompatible and aesthetically pleasing treatments? Dr. Howard has practiced holistic dentistry for over 20 years at Leading Edge Dentistry! As a mercury-free dentist in Marietta, he believes it is biologically unwise to place or keep silver dental fillings, which all contain large amounts of the toxin mercury. As a result, he only offers his patients non-mercury dental restorations to invest in a healthy mouth and body.

What are the Dangers of Mercury Restorations?

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Did you know over 100 million teeth in the U.S. have been restored with metal fillings, which contain 50% mercury? Although they have held a commonplace in dentistry for generations, there is no known safe level of mercury exposure because it’s a highly toxic element.

Traditional amalgam fillings consist of mercury, tin, copper, zinc, and silver. They create a hard, durable material when mixed together to repair damaged teeth; however, not without concern. There are several countries that have banned their use due to potential adverse complications.

Besides health concerns, there are also aesthetic issues. They are very noticeable, which can cause an eyesore when you smile. If a metal filling is used, it can make your tooth to darken over time while metal crowns can cause your gum line to discolor over the years.

Enjoy Metal-Free Restorations

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Whenever possible, Leading Edge Dentistry believes it’s in our patient's best interest to replace their existing silver/mercury-containing fillings and upgrade them to more biologically compatible materials. To accomplish this, we also offer the option of removal protocols based on the recommendations of several prominent holistic dental organizations.

 

Tooth-Colored Fillings

A composite resin material is customized to match the color of your enamel to seamlessly blend in with your tooth. They consist of fine glass and plastic particles, making it a biocompatible solution. Although they aren’t made of metal, they are equally durable to last for a decade or longer with the right care. They also allow you to keep more of your tooth intact because wedges aren’t used to support the filling.

All-Ceramic Crowns

Damaged or decayed teeth can be repaired with an all-ceramic crown. They are completely metal-free but can still withstand the force of chewing and everyday oral functions. The restoration is cut from a single clock of all ceramic material that matches your enamel color. It will look and function just like your real tooth without posing the same potential risks of metal crowns.

Choose Metal-Free Restorations

If you’re ready to choose a natural approach to dentistry, Dr. Howard is a member of the International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists (IAMSD), which stresses and promotes Holistic Dentistry. You can result assured you’re in good hands with Leading Edge Dentistry. Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.

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