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!
Dental crowns and onlays are two of the most popular restorations available at Virtue Dental Care of Yadkinville, North Carolina. Drs. Mary Katherine Taylor and William Virtue not only provide these repairs but do so in a single visit. This saves everyone time and energy, ensuring dental issues are resolved as soon as possible.
Our team describes the dental crown as a porcelain restoration, sometimes referred to as a “cap,” that covers the natural tooth on all sides to add an extra layer of protection against breakage. They are also used over implants to replace a single missing tooth.
Onlays are restorations fabricated to be bonded onto a tooth that has breakage that is small enough to be protected with an onlay instead of a dental crown. This more conservative option requires less removal of healthy natural tooth enamel.
At most other dental offices in the Yadkinville, North Carolina area, the process of obtaining a dental crown can take weeks. This is because the dental office doesn’t have the facility to make in-house dental restorations. The tooth is prepared by removing natural enamel. Then messy impressions are made and sent to a laboratory to complete the final restoration. A temporary crown is bonded in place by the dentist to protect the tooth until the patient can get back into the office to bond the final one in place. The process can take several weeks.
Fortunately, Virtue Dental Care offers same-day, single-visit dental crowns and onlay restorations. This is thanks to the CEREC technology used at our facility.
It stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It is a computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) system that allows us to create inlays, onlays, crowns, and even dental implants in one visit. With CEREC technology, we can take digital impressions of the prepared tooth instead of messy goop impressions and create a custom restoration in just one visit.
This means less time spent in the dentist’s chair for our patients and a beautiful, natural-looking restoration all in one appointment. So if you are curious about how long it takes to obtain a dental crown at Virtue Dental Care, the answer is just one visit!
Just like everything we do in our office, we only offer high-quality solutions for new and returning patients. Because we make them at our practice, we can ensure they meet and exceed our personal standards and will last a long time for our patients when properly cared for.
Drs. Mary Katherine Taylor and William Virtue of Yadkinville, NC, are here to assist with single-visit, same-day restorations such as crowns and onlays. If you are prepared to speak to us about our quality dental repairs, call the office at (336) 606-0040 to make an appointment at 301 East Lee Avenue. We also serve patients in the surrounding communities of Winston Salem, Greensboro, Statesville, Mooresville, and Charlotte, NC.