While the ADA officially states that the mercury level in amalgam fillings is safe, our office takes no chances with the health of our patients. In fact, Dr. Carter and his team refuse to compromise your smile with metal dental work of any kind. For fillings, we use safe, durable composite resin, and for most crowns we use porcelain restorations. Your smile is part of your personality and your image, and we will partner with you to maintain your oral health and your natural, gorgeous smile.
At Dr. Carter’s Lawrenceville dental practice we use tooth-colored composite fillings. These are bonded with adhesive to your tooth structure to protect against decay and strengthen teeth. This bond can make a composite filling last for seven to ten years, which is the same life expectancy of an amalgam filling. By contrast, dental amalgams do not form such a bond; they simply form a mechanical barrier to decay. Thus, over time, the amalgam-treated tooth can weaken and compromise your oral health.
Composite fillings provide long-term bacterial invasion protection as well. Once bonded, a composite filling won’t wear or change shape despite the incredible forces of biting and chewing. Bacteria and food particles cannot enter the tooth, however, silver amalgams on biting surfaces can change shape with the impacts of biting and chewing. Tiny cracks in the material or between the filling and natural tooth structure can allow bacterial reinvasion, which creates a bigger decay problem. These are just a few of the reasons why Dr. Carter insists on mercury-free dentistry at his Lawrenceville office.
As part of our commitment to your health and safety, Dr. Carter only uses porcelain crowns. If you’re self-conscious about cracked, broken, decayed, or worn teeth, then we can bring back your healthy, natural smile with porcelain crowns. A white crown can return structure, strength, and function to a tooth that has extensive decay or damage. Designed to fit snugly and function as a healthy tooth, a crown will protect your tooth from further damage and preserve the jaw’s natural alignment.
Typically, we can design, fit, and place your porcelain crown in a couple of short appointments. Once a crown is placed, you can care for it as you do your natural teeth. Conscientious brushing twice a day and daily flossing will protect the base of your crown from bacterial growth. Be sure to also see us at least two times each year for professional cleanings and a preventive exam.
For patients seeking mercury-free dentistry in Gwinnett County, Atlanta, Duluth, Suwanee, and surrounding areas, contact our Lawrenceville dental practice. You rely on Dr. Carter to perform effective treatments with metal-free restorations. Take a moment to make your appointment!
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