Bio-Compatible Dentistry in La Mesa, CA
At Smilehaven Dental Center in La Mesa, CA, we pride ourselves on creating a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere for every patient who walks through our doors. Dr. Stephen Chan has earned his reputation as one of the top bio-compatible dentists in the area and he keeps up with all of the latest trends in the dental field to provide exceptional dental care with state-of-the-art treatments.
Natural Looking, Tooth-Colored Fillings
Until recently, tooth decay and cavities were filled using a silver filling. New advancements have introduced new, natural tooth-colored fillings that have proven to be just as effective as traditional silver fillings, which can contain mercury. Even better, the mercury-free, tooth-colored fillings enable dentists to maintain the structure and natural integrity of the tooth.
Made of a composite blend of plastic resins and silica fillers, these substances mimic the natural qualities of real teeth and are virtually unnoticeable to anyone unaware of your fillings.
Why Mercury-Free Fillings Are Better
Traditional silver fillings require the dentist to re-shape the structure of the tooth. This means the dentist is required to remove healthy parts of the tooth. With natural colored, composite resin fillings, no undercuts or adjustments to the structure of the tooth need to be made. Rather, the substance forms a physical and mechanical bond directly to the tooth.
Dangers of Mercury Fillings
Mercury amalgam fillings are typically covered by insurance, theoretically last longer, and are easy to put in. Traditional dentists may also point to statements made by the American Dental Association (ADA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the mercury in amalgam fillings is stabilized and safe, leaking in only small amounts. Holistic dentists understand that mercury is toxic, even in small amounts, and that mercury amalgam fillings put pressure on the tooth that can cause weakening. Dr. Stephen Chan does not place mercury fillings and follows the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) safety guidelines for removing them.
Replacing Mercury Fillings
We replace existing mercury fillings with decay and existing cracks and fractures. If there are no evident decay or cracks, patients have to request to have them replaced.
Can Tooth-Colored Fillings Replace Silver Fillings?
Mercury-free, tooth-colored fillings are best for small to medium-sized tooth restorations which account for the majority of all fillings. They are extremely durable – able to withstand chewing pressure and are fracture resistant.
Usually, a tooth-colored filling procedure can be done in one visit. If a larger restoration is needed, we may need to fabricate a filling outside of the mouth, which can later be bonded to the tooth.
Contact Smilehaven Dental Center Today!
Dr. Chan believes strongly in the practice and principle of bio-compatible dentistry, and that means treating the entire body. He will replace any silver, mercury-containing fillings with healthier, mercury-free fillings. To schedule an appointment, call our La Mesa, CA office at (619) 464-2801 or contact us online. We hope to see you soon!