Recently, the dental industry has seen many advances in dental composite safety. New research has shown that some of the dental fillings and composites that are widely used may have implications for patient safety.
While traditional metal fillings have long been criticized because they contain low levels of mercury, new information raises concerns about materials in the composite material used in white fillings that are made to mimic natural teeth. Thankfully, there are other options available to patients.
Bisphenol A in Dental Fillings
The Council on Scientific Affairs recently released a statement through the ADA on the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in fillings and other dental appliances. BPA has been used in a wide variety of plastic products since the 1960s, including bottles, toys, plastic tableware and even dental products. The medical community has expressed concerns about the health effects of long-term exposure to BPA, especially because it is included in so many consumer products. As far as the dental industry is concerned, the health risks of BPA in fillings are low, but there are alternatives available that bypass the potential risks entirely.
3M’s BPA-Free Filtek Supreme Ultra Universal Restorative
Dr. Mullins and the staff at My Family Dentistry have compared all of the dental composite materials available in order to choose only the best and safest materials for our patients. We believe that 3M’s Filtek Supreme Ultra Universal Restorative stands head and shoulders above the crowd in this area.
Filtek dental composite polishes easily and holds the polish longer than other substances, so it gives a more natural appearance. It comes in a variety of shades, so it can match any patient’s teeth, which also helps it look more natural. This substance is exceptionally strong no matter which teeth it is used for, so patients don’t have to worry about a damaged or broken tooth as a result of the filling. Best of all, the Filtek Restorative contains no mercury or BPA, so you don’t have to worry about those potential health concerns. We consider this product to be the safest dental composite on the market.
Dr. Mullins and the staff at My Family Dentistry are committed to providing each patient with a healthy smile using the best products and most advanced technology available. Dr. Mullins believes that the one of the best ways to improve the dental industry is to educate and empower patients, and he’s always happy to answer your questions. If you would like to know more about the most recent advances in dental composite safety, Dr. Mullins is available for one-on-one appointments or speaking engagements for dental professionals.
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