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Mercury-Free and Metal-Free Dentistry in Jacksonville Beach, FL

Years ago, dental fillings were comprised primarily of a metal amalgam that included silver, mercury, tin, and other elements. While these were the standard restorative option for many decades, modern technology now makes it possible for oral healthcare professionals to offer a vastly preferable alternative: tooth-colored, composite fillings.

As is the case with all of our other procedures and dental treatments, Dr. Wagner utilizes only the latest in today’s restorative and cosmetic dental technology in order to provide each patient with superior care and long-lasting results. At our state-of-the-art dental practice in Jacksonville Beach, FL, we understand that your smile is part of your personality and your image. We will partner with you to maintain your oral health and your natural-looking, gorgeous smile.

Composite vs. Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings were initially developed from a combination of silver shavings, zinc, copper, tin, and mercury as a low-cost alternative to gold restorations. Despite the knowledge that mercury is one of the most toxic metals in the world and is widely known to be hazardous to humans, amalgams gained popularity as dentistry became more available to the masses. Aside from their potential toxicity, amalgam/mercury fillings pose other risks.

Amalgams are temperature-sensitive, expanding and contracting when they come into contact with hot and cold. This can cause hairline fractures and tooth sensitivity. Over time, an amalgam-treated tooth can weaken, often creating a liability to your long-term dental health. Amalgams on biting surfaces can change shape with biting and chewing impact. Tiny cracks in the material or between the filling and natural tooth structure can allow bacterial reinvasion, creating a bigger decay problem than you had at first. Additionally, metal fillings detract from the integrity of your smile and can damage your self-confidence. In fact, the American Dental Association advises that there are far better materials suited for use as dental fillings, such as the tooth-colored composite resin we utilize here at our practice.

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are bonded with adhesive to your tooth structure, protecting against decay and strengthening the tooth. This bond can make a composite filling last for seven to ten years. Composite fillings provide long-term bacterial invasion protection, too. Once bonded, a composite filling won't wear down or change shape, despite the incredible forces of biting and chewing. Bacteria and food particles cannot enter the tooth. Because they're tinted to match your natural tooth color, composite fillings will blend seamlessly with your smile.

Composite fillings are:

  1. Non-toxic
  2. Increase the strength of the tooth
  3. Cause less sensitivity
  4. Less likely to fracture
  5. Non-corrosive (no black stains)

Ceramic-Reinforced Porcelain Crowns

Ceramic-reinforced porcelain crowns are highly-esthetic and return structure, strength, and function to a tooth with extensive decay or damage. Porcelain's translucent quality reflects light similarly to tooth enamel, making the crowned tooth difficult to discern from the ones nature gave you. Designed to fit snugly and function as a healthy tooth, a crown will protect your tooth from further damage and preserve the jaw’s correct natural alignment. Typically, we can design, fit, and place your porcelain onlay or crown in just one visit! More complex situations like smile enhancements or full-mouth reconstructions are typically done in two visits.

Discover the Difference

Call our Jacksonville Beach dental office today and reserve your appointment with general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Wagner. Located in Jacksonville Beach, patients visit our office from across the nation, as well as the surrounding areas of Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and St. Augustine.

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