Mercury Free Non-Amalgam Dentistry

At California Dental Care, we take pride in embedding safe practices into our dental treatments. Dr. Imam and the entire team at California Dental Care are very experienced at what they do. One of the safe choices made by California Dental Care while treating patients is to use mercury-free (amalgam-free) fillings.


What is mercury-free (amalgam-free) dentistry?

Amalgam fillings are metal fillings used by dentists to treat tooth decay.

The decay is removed, and the dentists fill the gap with a silver filling known as amalgam. It is essentially mercury that is melted and then applied to the opening of the decayed tooth.

Now the vapors released during this process are both harmful to the patient and the staff inside the room where the patient is being treated. This process is unsafe and can cause several problems related to mercury toxicity.

Safe Mercury Free Non-Amalgam Dental Practice

The dentists at California Dental Care do not use silver amalgam fillings and opt for a better, healthier alternative like the composite filling for tooth decay. The composite filling is more beneficial for overall health, but it is also aesthetically better. This reduces the chances of diseases related to mercury toxicity in the body.

The Benefits of Mercury-free Non-Amalgam Dental Practice

  1. Mercury-free Non-Amalgam dentistry has several advantages, and here is a look at a few of them.
  2. Mercury-free Non-Amalgam fillings are less invasive. Mercury-free fillings are less invasive than amalgam fillings. It is a known fact that amalgam fillings damage healthy tooth tissues, damage healthy tooth structure, and even go as far as to fracture the tooth. On the other hand, composite fillings preserve the tooth structure and strengthen the roots of the teeth.
  3. Composite fillings last as long. Mercury-free fillings can last as long as or longer than amalgam fillings. It is known that composite fillings are comparable, if not superior, to amalgam fillings. It is also known to work better and longer while treating the kid’s primary tooth decay.
  4. It takes the same amount of time. Mercury-free fillings take as long to place as amalgam fillings.
  5. Composite fillings are just as effective. Mercury-free fillings can help prevent caries, unlike amalgam fillings. They can also help with preventive measures like sealing adjacent pits and fissures.
  6. Mercury-free fillings are easy to repair. Mercury-free fillings can be more easily repaired than amalgam. It also provides localized repairs during the initial placement rather than total replacement.
  7. They are safer. Mercury-free fillings are safer than amalgam. It is not only safer for the healing of the body during treatment, but it is also safer for the environment.
  8. With so many known benefits, finding 100% phasing out of mercury in all the dentistry practices at California Dental Care won’t be a surprise.