At Nashville Restorative Dentistry of Franklin, Tennessee, Drs. Ryan M. Jones and Caleb Estes believe in providing the best possible care for patients. This means ensuring everything used in the mouth is safe and appropriate.
Over the years, many dentists have used silver amalgam to fill areas of tooth decay, not fully understanding the repercussions of using this harmful material. Fortunately, more and more dentists are switching from amalgam restorations to composite resin fillings, as shown by a recent dental research study.
According to a new study performed in 2023 by Epic Research, dental providers in the United States are using silver amalgam fillings less than ever before, which is wise due to the many problems this material can cause for so many patients.
In fact, the study has shown that in the last five years, there has been a 73% decrease in the use of dental amalgam for fillings. In 2022, fillings placed in the posterior teeth with dental amalgam were fewer than 6%.
Our team is pleased with the efforts to inform the public and medical communities about the danger of mercury use, which have been succeeding in reducing the use of silver amalgam fillings to zero in the coming years. Less mercury means less risks, like environmental damage created by both the manufacturing and removal of dental amalgam as well as patient mercury exposure and potential toxicity–a medical problem that can lead to neurological conditions and issues that are difficult to diagnose and heal from.
Issue: Two badly infected and broken upper front teeth as well as poor alignment of his teeth overall.
Solution: Through a process involving extractions, bone grafting, and braces we were able to achieve a healthy, infection free point which allowed dental implants to be placed and utilized to replace the two missing front teeth.