For years, amalgam has been the material of choice for filling in cavities. It offered dentists a durable, inexpensive, and easy to work with restorative material. However, in recent years, several worldwide health organizations have questioned the continuing viability of amalgam fillings. Amalgam contains at least 55% mercury, along with other metals such as silver and tin. Science has long linked exposure to mercury, a heavy metal and known neurotoxin, to a variety of neurological problems.
The American Dental Association recently declared amalgam fillings unsafe for pregnant women, young children, and patients with metal sensitivity. However, Dr. Greenfield and other holistic dentistry practitioners question the wisdom of placing amalgam fillings in any patients, especially when safer, biocompatible materials such as composite resin provide effective restorative treatment.
Problematic Metal Restorations
Many people suffer from metal sensitivity or metal allergies that make metal-containing dental work a potential health risk. For instance, nickel, gold, and chromium are commonly used materials in dental crowns and bridgework, yet many people suffer from reactions to these metals. Reactions can range from an unpleasant smell or taste in your mouth to bleeding, itching, swollen, receding, or painful gums. While Dr. Greenfield recognizes that not every patient suffers from a metal allergy or metal sensitivity, he believes non-metal restorations offer the same restorative properties, while simultaneously avoiding allergic reactions and offering a more natural appearance.
Look Great and Stay Healthy
Dr. Greenfield and the Lake Orion Family Dentistry team proudly offers a wide range of metal-free restorative options, including composite fillings, porcelain crowns, and zirconia crowns. He also proudly provides CEREC same day crowns for the health and convenience of his patients. Finally, if you want to replace your amalgam fillings or replace old metal crowns for health or cosmetic reasons, Dr. Greenfield can help.
Compassionate Dentistry in Lake Orion
To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Brad Greenfield, contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry at (248) 693-6213. It’s time you experienced dental care close to home, but far from ordinary!