Metal-free dental fillings from this Boise, ID practice are something to smile about
Anyone can develop tooth decay, even with good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. Yet most people would rather not have obvious silver-colored fillings. With non-metal dental fillings from Horizon Dental Group – Dr. Sarah Enright & Associates’ two offices in Boise, ID, your smile stays natural-looking.
Are amalgam fillings safe?
Since the 1800s, cavities have been repaired with amalgam. This material is about 50 percent mercury, mixed with silver, copper, and other metals. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin. Today, many health-conscious individuals prefer not to have mercury just a few inches from the brain. There is concern that friction from chewing, brushing, and dental polishing releases mercury vapor into the respiratory system, and that it may be absorbed into soft tissues and leached into saliva. If you prefer not to have mercury or other metals in your mouth, you have terrific options at Horizon Dental Group. Dr. Enright and Dr. Pottenger offer other types of tooth fillings that contain no mercury or metals. Composite resin bonding material is made of tooth-colored, BPA-free plastic blended with finely-powdered glass (for enamel-like opalescence). Composite fillings are strong, suitable for small to moderate-sized restorations.
A ceramic tooth filling is a good choice for a larger area of decay or damage. Technically called an inlay or an onlay, this type of restoration is very durable and resists stains.
Why Boise, ID patients choose white dental fillings
If you are looking for a more aesthetic choice in dental fillings, you have found your new dentist! Call Horizon Dental Group’s Bench location office at 208-301-6293, or 208-816-7324 for North Garden Center Way.