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!
Porcelain dental veneers are a popular cosmetic solution available for patients at Virtue Dental Care. Our providers serve individuals in the Yadkinville, North Carolina area and may recommend these porcelain overlays for teeth during a consultation visit. Drs. William Virtue, Mary Katherine Taylor, and Mark Shircliffe welcome patients who are considering porcelain veneers to request time to talk to us about their needs and determine if they are appropriate candidates.
Let’s learn more about veneers and how they are used for smile enhancement.
The best way to describe a porcelain veneer is as a porcelain overlay. A veneer is an extremely thin shell or facing fabricated to match the patient’s natural teeth. It is fabricated to cover imperfections such as:
At Virtue Dental Care of Yadkinville, North Carolina, Drs. William Virtue, Mary Katherine Taylor, and Mark Shircliffe first recommend that patients have a thorough evaluation and cleaning at our dental office, especially if it has been a while since their last appointment. During this time, we can talk about imperfections that the patient wants to treat. If we determine that porcelain veneers are the best method, we begin by preparing the natural tooth.
Our dentists remove a thin portion of the natural tooth enamel on the front-facing part of the tooth, then take impressions to custom-make your veneer. An outside laboratory will create the final veneer, which is mailed to our dental office. Patients book their next appointment, during which our dentists will then place the veneer over the natural tooth with a long-term bonding solution. Patients leave the office with their brand-new smile!
Patients who take proper care of their veneers will find that the porcelain overlays of the teeth will last several years before they need to be removed and replaced. Veneers are a fast and easy solution for many imperfections of the smile, making them a reliable and popular choice for many of our patients here at Virtue Dental Care.
Several factors need to be considered when quoting a price for porcelain veneers, so this is discussed with our patients during their initial consultation appointment once we have gathered all the necessary information to provide an accurate cost.
If porcelain veneers sound like a viable option for covering the imperfections of your smile and you want to discuss this treatment with a professional, now is the time to connect with Drs. William Virtue, Mary Katherine Taylor, and Mark Shircliffe regarding your unique needs.
Call (336) 606-0040 to request a consultation visit and to speak to our team at Virtue Dental Care. We are located in Yadkinville but also serve patients in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Statesville, Mooresville, and Charlotte, NC.