In most cases, a filling is the most effective way to treat a cavity. Less than 30 years ago, fillings were always made of metal. The most common material was silver amalgam, a blend of copper, zinc, tin, silver, and mercury. However, this material posed a number of serious dental and physical health concerns. Since 1985, Dr. Georgaklis has been practicing holistic dentistry, and he proudly offers metal-free fillings at his San Diego practice. However, because only about 50% of all dentists use holistic restorations, you may have some questions about the treatment. Dr. Georgaklis is happy to address your concerns regarding La Jolla metal-free fillings.
What are Metal-Free Fillings Made of?
Our tooth-colored fillings are made of porcelain or composite resin, a mix of plastic and glass. This material is highly durable, and it comes in a wide selection of natural colors. Before placing the filling, Dr. Georgaklis will carefully match the material to the shade of your smile. The restoration will retain this natural color for its entire lifespan.
How Long Do La Jolla Metal-Free Fillings Last?
Composite and porcelain fillings typically last five to seven years. Although they have a shorter lifespan than other restorations, they offer far more health and cosmetic benefits than these other materials.
Do Metal-Free Fillings Have Any Benefits for Dental Health?
Yes. To place a filling, Dr. Georgaklis must clean out and reshape the inside of your tooth. With a tooth-colored filling, he will usually need to remove far less material than with a metal restoration. Composite will also create a stronger bond with your tooth, and it will more effectively prevent further damage. Finally, a metal filling will expand in response to heat and contract in response to cold. Over the years, this constant fluctuation will weaken the walls of your tooth. You will face a higher risk for cracks, chips, and other damage. On the other hand, composite and porcelain will remain stable even when exposed to significant changes in temperature.
I’ve Heard that Metal-Free Fillings Are Better for My Physical Health. Is This True?
Absolutely! Metal fillings can contain very high levels of mercury. This material has been linked to a number of serious health conditions, including kidney dysfunction, stillbirth, neurological disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, and more. The mercury is initially contained within a filling. However, with constant use over the years, the filling may leak. Mercury will then get into your blood stream, and it will travel across your body. La Jolla metal-free fillings contain absolutely no mercury!
Am a Candidate for Metal-Free Fillings in San Diego?
If you have a small to moderately sized cavity, a filling is usually the best treatment option. More extensive decay may require a larger restoration, such as a crown, inlay, or onlay. The only way to ascertain your candidacy for treatment is to book an appointment with your holistic dentist. Dr. Georgaklis will take x-rays and thoroughly examine your tooth to determine whether a filling is the right treatment. He can also replace your old metal filling with a new tooth-colored restoration.
Schedule a Restorative Dentistry Consultation Today
If you have a cavity, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you delay proper care, the cavity will get larger, and it could compromise your entire tooth. Contact our office immediately to book an appointment with George Georgaklis, DDS.