Dr. Jay Goldstein is a Cleveland mercury-free dentist. If you’re concerned about how your oral health might be affected by amalgam fillings in your teeth, Dr. Goldstein only uses composite fillings.
What’s the Concern about Mercury?
Amalgam fillings, often called silver fillings, contain a variety of metals, including about fifty percent mercury—more mercury than silver. The American Dental Associations says that the fillings are safe because amalgam binds the mercury, but many people are still uncomfortable with the idea of having mercury in their mouths.
Why Dr. Goldstein Prefers Mercury-Free Fillings
Mercury-free fillings are healthier for the teeth than amalgam fillings. There are several reasons why Dr. Goldstein prefers them.
- Composite fillings bind to your teeth and make them stronger. Although amalgam fillings are stronger, as they age, they corrode, separate from your teeth, and weaken them.
- They look better than amalgam fillings. A shade of composite is chosen to match the color of your natural teeth.
- The fillings insulate your teeth and make them less sensitive to cold and heat than with amalgam fillings.
- More of the healthy tooth structure is preserved when preparing it for a composite filling.
The before-and-after photographs on this page show how old amalgam fillings have corroded and separated from the teeth. The separation allows bacteria to leak in and cause decay. Composite fillings won’t corrode. When they are correctly bonded and sealed, they prevent leakage.
Dr. Goldstein is concerned about how your oral health affects your overall health. He uses mercury-free materials that are highly esthetic and give you a healthy, beautiful smile.
Contact our office to schedule an appointment.