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Health & Wellness


By DR. ANATOLY RIPA


Beyond Mercury, Metal Free Dental Restoration


D


entistry has had significant advances in the technology and


materials used since the Civil War era yet the debate about mercury based fillings rages on. Mercury based fillings (usually called silver or amalgam) are banned in many European countries. While they are not banned in the U.S. at ProDent we only perform metal free dental restorations.


With all of the advances in dentistry, metal free restorations are a far better option for your overall health.


Mercury based fillings do nothing to restore the integrity of a tooth weakened by decay. In addition, amalgam fillings expand with time leading to crack formation deep inside the teeth. Often, these partially cracked teeth exhibit a painful phenomenon called “fractured tooth syndrome.” It includes pain to cold and sharp pain on biting. Before a tooth breaks, it cracks. While horizontal breaks above the gum line are fixable, diagonal breaks below the gum line require surgery in order to save the tooth. Unfortunately, vertical breaks are untreatable and the tooth has to be extracted.


At ProDent we treat weak, fractured and decayed teeth in a way that keeps them strong, seals them from bacterial invasion and makes them last significantly longer.


By removing only the decayed and weakened parts of the tooth, it is possible to rebuild the inner


flexible portion with high quality materials that function like the natural tooth. This requires less drilling and trauma and a decreased need for root canals.


Many patients are concerned about amalgam fillings and the impact on their overall health. ProDent dentists use a safe removal technique that minimizes your exposure to mercury vapor.


With all of the advances in dentistry, metal free restorations are a far better option for your overall health. Today, we are able to not only preserve the health and function of your teeth but improve it.


FYIfamilies @ Family Therapy Associates


At ProDent Group, Dr. Anatoly Ripa specializes in the treatment of general, holistic,


implant, orthodontic and cosmetic dentistry.


He can be contacted at his practice, ProDent Group, located at 1314 North University Drive in Coral Springs. Call 954.755.3337 to schedule an appointment and visit ProDentGroup.com for more information.


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5551 University Drive, Suite 202 Coral Springs, FL 33067


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