Get safe, natural-looking, affordable metal free dentistry at Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry in Huntington. Whether you need a tooth filling, crown, or full mouth restoration, we are devoted to providing you with the best solution.
Long Island Dentists Specializing in Metal Free Dentistry
Our Long Island dentists are pleased to offer patients metal-free dentistry. In the past, amalgam fillings were the best technology offered. The combination of 50% liquid mercury, along with powdered metal alloys like silver, tin, or copper, gained popularity due to the relative durability, affordability, and easy application.
However, silver tooth fillings are noticeable, and they are susceptible to problems associated with contracting and expanding when exposed to hot or cold temperatures. Over time, these fillings weaken the structural integrity of the tooth, and the moving filling exposes the tooth to bacteria and gum disease.
Worse yet, recently completed long-term studies suggest that amalgam fillings may release toxic mercury into the body’s organs. In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration explicitly warned against the use of amalgam fillings in pregnant women and individuals with mercury sensitivity. Soon after, they re-classified amalgam fillings from a Class I to a Class II medical device to indicate the higher risk.
Mercury poisoning has been linked with gastrointestinal issues, neurological impairment, depression, memory loss, and decreased fertility.
More recently, resin-based composites (also known as metal-free dentistry) have taken the place of old mercury-based amalgam fillings. Composite fillings are made of glass, quartz, and resin, and they are tooth-colored to blend in better. There is no risk of toxicity and no shrinking or expansion. The World Health Organization has found that these new materials perform “equally as well” as amalgam, with additional oral health benefits like prevention of further tooth degradation and longer tooth survival.
If you have an older metal filling, ask Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick about the safe removal of amalgam tooth fillings and replacement with newer white fillings.
Long Island Dentistry Specializing in CEREC Tooth Restoration
You can find CEREC tooth restoration at our South Huntington Long Island dentistry practice. “CEREC” stands for CEramic REConstruction, a method of single-day dental restoration created at the University of Zurich in 1980. Rather than making multiple appointments with lab work required in between, tooth filling and crown materials can be fabricated in-house to offer greater convenience and keep costs down.