Mercury Filling Alternatives
Once your mercury amalgam fillings are gone, what are some good mercury filling alternatives that you might replace them with?
Many people have chosen composite fillings, but these have many problems. They are generally very soft and weak, and do not bond with the tooth. They have an average life span of ten years, then need to be replaced. Also, the petroleum-based resins that most of them are made from are very toxic, and may leech their way into your body's circulatory system, causing a myriad of health problems. Many of these composites shrink and discolor over time, and fail under the constant stress of biting and chewing.
There are better mercury filling alternatives, however. One is the Cavilase procedure, in which, after the amalgam has been totally removed, a laser is used to clean and sterilize the interior of the toot, removing all traces of decay. Then a biocompatible, glass-based polymer is injected into the missing area of the tooth, and bonded to it with another laser. This, in many cases, may make the tooth as strong or stronger than it was originally. The added benefit is that there are absolutely no toxic materials involved in this procedure.
What if there is a lot of tooth structure missing after the amalgam has been removed and the tooth cleaned and prepared for a new restoration? The answer to that may be the use of Inlays or Onlays in the Restoralase procedure. A 3-D model is made of the tooth, then a restoration, again made of biocompatible materials, is made that fits perfectly into the missing area. This material is very strong, and is bonded to the tooth with a laser, making it literally a part of the tooth--not like a standard filling which never bonds with any tooth material. Again, it is non-toxic and imitates natural tooth structure.
Finally, if the tooth just has too much structure missing after larger amalgams have been removed, there is the option of using porcelain, biocompatibe crowns which are fused to the remaining tooth structure with a laser. This avoids using conventional crown cement, which has been shown in many cases to crack, leak, and allow bacteria and other toxic elements under the crown and eventually lead to more decay and problems with the crowned tooth. Using biocompatible, non-metal crowns and fusing them to tooth structure with a laser is a much more reliable, non-toxic, and stronger way to restore teeth which may need crowns.
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