If you develop a cavity, we recommend repairing it as soon as possible. Waiting too long can result in more damage to the tooth and the need for more extensive dental work.
At Smiles of Orange, we are a metal-free, amalgam-free dental office, and we exclusively use tooth-colored ceramic material for all our fillings. Our fillings are BPA-free and compatible with living tissue or biocompatible.
Advanced Laser Cavity Detection
With dental exams and teeth cleanings every six months, we can help prevent decay from advancing and damaging a tooth. Another way we stay a step ahead of cavities is with advanced DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection.
A low-level laser illuminates tiny areas of decay that would otherwise go undetected with a visual exam and even on an x-ray.
Ozone Therapy and Tooth Decay
Holistic or biological dentists often use ozone or O3 therapy to safely treat tooth decay without removing the remaining healthy part of the natural tooth. In cases of moderate decay, we often don't need to drill or fill the tooth because ozone gas therapy destroys the bacteria that caused the cavity.
Why We Don't Use Metal Amalgam Fillings
There are several reasons why we don't use silver amalgam fillings:
- Amalgam fillings are a mixture of metals, including mercury.
- Silver fillings gradually become dark grey in appearance and can stain the tooth and leave a dark spot in your smile.
- Over time, the metal in amalgam expands and contracts with temperature changes in the mouth. The movement opens small spaces between the tooth and filling, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth and lead to further decay.
- A mercury filling requires removing significant healthy tooth structure, potentially weakening the tooth we're trying to protect.
Benefits of BPA-Free Tooth-Colored Fillings
Many patients are aware of the potential hazards of mercury exposure with amalgam or silver fillings. However, they are just learning that composite fillings may contain BPA derivatives, so we exclusively use ceramic or porcelain fillings.
Because we bond custom-shaded ceramic filling material directly to the tooth, we can also preserve healthy tooth structure. The filling won't react to temperature change as amalgam does, and the result is a durable repair and a strong, healthy tooth.
Tooth-colored fillings at our Orange, CA dental office look natural because they closely resemble tooth enamel and come in many shades of white. Our dentist can place a filling that matches surrounding teeth for a discreet repair.
Removing Amalgam Fillings with SMART Protocol
If you choose to remove an existing amalgam filling, Dr. Jackson is certified in SMART protocols by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). SMART stands for Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique, which involves stringent safety measures to contain mercury vapors and particles released when removing amalgam fillings.
Before we agree to remove amalgam fillings, Dr. Jackson will explain our safety measures and what you can expect from the process.
Learn More about Metal-Free Fillings in Orange, CA
At Smiles of Orange, your overall health and wellness are our priorities. If you think you have a cavity or would like us to remove your amalgam fillings, please call us to schedule an appointment.
Smiles of Orange offers metal-free fillings for patients in Orange, Villa Park, Tustin, Yorba Linda, Brea, Santa Ana, Irvine, Newport Beach, and surrounding communities.