The team at Green Dentistry in San Francisco CA is always working to stay on the vanguard of dental technology. The reason for this is simple: our holistic, whole-body approach to dentistry requires that our patients have access to the most advanced tools. This way, we can ensure comfort, a high success rate, and accelerated healing; all without ever resorting to unnatural restoration choices that can end up causing more problems than they fix.
One of the changes we have made to our practices pertains to our use of fillings. But firstly, what exactly is a filling? As you read this, you probably have fillings in your mouth you haven’t even thought about since they were installed!
A filling is used to treat a cavity or hole in your enamel. These are caused by sugar turning to acid in your mouth and can be avoided by consistent brushing and flossing. The dentist removes any tooth tissue that has decayed and fills the resulting gap with a variety of strong materials. These are meant to add strength to your new restoration and structure to your overall smile.
Types of Fillings
- Traditional metal fillings have been ubiquitous in dentistry for decades now. Though the FDA still approves them for medical use, there are still reasons to be concerned. Recent research by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has revealed potential links between amalgam fillings and conditions like allergies, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, hearing loss, kidney disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and periodontal disease. While this evidence is in no way conclusive – and more research will probably surface in the coming years – it is enough to make us wary.
- Composite fillings are our solution to this risk. At our practice, we use a material that is a mixture of BPA-free hard plastics. It is pliable, adaptable, and, when applied, it is hardened via a UV light curing process. Most importantly, it’s absolutely non-toxic. For patients who share our concerns about traditional fillings, this is the holistic choice; the one that takes into account your overall health, not just your smile!
At Green Dentistry in San Francisco CA, we want all our patients to understand the balance between your body, your mind, and your smile. Patients from Sebastapol, Menlo Park, and the Peninsula come to us for composite fillings and other general holistic dentistry options, as well as cosmetic dentistry. Contact us today!