The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised certain “vulnerable and high-risk groups” to avoid getting dental amalgam fillings if possible due to the potentially harmful effects the mercury in these fillings may pose to their health.
In a recent statement, the FDA has updated its recommendations on dental amalgam and potential risks to certain individuals that may be posed by these mercury-containing fillings that are used to restore the missing structure and surfaces of decayed teeth.
The groups that the FDA has listed as facing greater risks for potential harmful health effects include:
Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury and a powdered alloy comprising silver, tin and copper. The FDA has been reviewing and monitoring scientific publications and reports and conducting public discussions on the effects of dental amalgam and mercury vapor on patient health for over 20 years.
They now also recommend non-mercury alternatives like composite resins and glass ionomer cement fillings, especially for vulnerable populations. The FDA has made these recommendations after obtaining the views of healthcare professionals and public comments about dental amalgam and other metal implants and evaluating published literature.
If you are searching for natural, mercury-free dentistry in Yadkinville, North Carolina, make Virtue Dental Care your provider of choice!
When it comes to dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, and veneers, porcelain is often the best material to use. Porcelain can be made to match the color of the patient’s teeth while also providing a restoration that looks and feels like natural tooth enamel. However, in traditional dental practices in the Yadkinville, North Carolina area, patients may find that obtaining these may take some time. This is because many practices utilize an outside ceramist to fabricate the final restoration.
At Virtue Dental Care, we can help speed up the process with our CEREC technology. CEREC restorations are made right in the office using special CAD/CAM software and an in-house milling device. Patients can enjoy same-day repair of their teeth with this amazing technology!
Patients who need a porcelain dental restoration will often be interested in learning more about our same-day crowns and other restorations fabricated with our CEREC system. Benefits include:
The tooth that requires a restoration is first prepared by removing some of its enamel. Then, digital impressions are done and sent to the software, after which a milling machine will create the restoration out of a block of porcelain within 20 minutes or less. The dentist then bonds the CEREC restoration in place, and patients leave with same-day repairs.
Dr. William Virtue and Mary Katherine Taylor are available to help patients in and around Yadkinville, NC, achieve beautiful, healthy smiles with fast and effective solutions available in our state-of-the-art facility. If you are in need of a dental restoration and are curious to find out more about the advantages of CEREC, now is the time to call (336) 606-0040 to request an appointment at Virtue Dental Care. We are conveniently located at 301 East Lee Avenue and accept new and returning patients and families seeking comprehensive dental care solutions.