There are several reasons why dentists steer away from metal amalgam fillings. One of the concerns is that they contain mercury which is toxic. Although the FDA claims that amalgam fillings are perfectly safe, there is still the risk that mercury leaks from the fillings. Ceramic fillings, on the other hand, are safe and use non-toxic materials.
Not only are ceramic fillings toxic-free, but they’re better for your teeth as well. Amalgam fillings can slowly expand over a period of time. The expansion puts pressure against the walls inside your teeth and can eventually cause cracks in the tooth. In addition, it will make the filling hole larger which will require a larger replacement. In the end, amalgam fillings result in a less natural tooth structure. The less natural tooth structure your teeth have, the less strength they have.
Amalgam fillings are also known to expand and contract when coming into contact with hot or cold temperatures. For instance, if you drink any icy cold drink, the amalgam filling will contract. This means there will be empty space inside your tooth while the filling contracts. On the other hand, if you drink something hot like coffee, the filling will expand. This puts excess pressure on the walls of your mouth which can cause pain and cracks.
Ceramic fillings don’t expand or contract, and they don’t leak. When you get a ceramic filling, you can feel secure knowing it won’t cause further dental problems. If you’re searching for the most holistic filling choice, steer clear of amalgam fillings and opt for ceramic fillings instead.
If you currently have metal fillings, our Columbus dentist is happy to remove them and replace them with a more holistic approach—mercury-free ceramic fillings.