Why Kirkland area patients should choose mercury free fillings
At Kingsgate Dental, we believe that utilizing mercury-free, biocompatible materials is a benefit to all of our patients. Our dental services are designed around the philosophy that there is a connection between the health of the mouth and the rest of the body. At our office, you can count on receiving dental services that are safe and have your total wellness in mind.
We offer all patients in Kirkland and the surrounding area mercury-free services. You may be wondering what that means? Mercury-free means we do not utilize silver amalgam fillings.
If you have had a filling placed in the last few decades, you may have a silver amalgam filling. For decades these were standard in dental practices all over the country. In recent years, the toxicity of Mercury has come into question, with multiple studies being published about the potential health risks of exposure. Amalgam fillings are composed of a mix of metals – up to 50 percent of which can be mercury. When mercury is warmed, it releases vapors that can be exposed to the individual.
Instead of amalgam, we use composite resin fillings. In addition to being mercury-free, composite resin fillings are tooth-colored and blend in seamlessly with the rest of the tooth, for a much more natural looking restoration. Also, there is less risk of tooth fractures caused by temperature changes with composite resin filling as opposed to amalgam fillings.
For patients who are interested in learning more about the potential toxicity of mercury in fillings, please call us today to schedule a consultation. We are happy to provide information and answer your questions so that you can make an informed decision about the materials used in your mouth. We believe that by helping our patients make proactive, informed decisions about their dental health, we can help them enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles.