Ottawa, ON area dentist offers mercury-free treatment options for dental patients
Posted by Dr. France Chevalier
Ottawa, ON area patients who are interested in maintaining the health of their smile and avoid materials that are not biocompatible with the body are welcome to work with our dentist, Dr. France Chevalier, to learn about mercury-free treatment options. Many patients choose to replace their amalgam fillings because of their appearance, which can be a wonderful way to make dental work look more natural and keep it from standing out as dental repairs when patients speak, smile, and laugh with others.
What are amalgam fillings?
Amalgam fillings are used for areas of dental decay to restore the smile. However, they can be dark gray in color, standing out when patients open their mouths while laughing, smiling, and speaking with others. This can make many patients feel self-conscious about their appearance and start to hide their smile. However, by replacing these fillings with composite resin, which are mercury-free, patients will enjoy a more aesthetic appearance to their smile.
Amalgam fillings can be removed and then replaced with composite resin. This is a clay-like material that mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel when placed, shaped, and polished. Dr. France Chevalier and her team of professionals find that many patients love their new look when they have their amalgam fillings replaced with composite resin.
Dental fillings are placed in the tooth when there is an area of decay. This is done in our practice in just one appointment, making it simple for patients to have their treatments done quickly. Other restorations used in our practice that are also mercury-free include:
Who is a candidate for mercury-free restorations?
Everyone is encouraged to ask about using mercury-free dental restorations within their smile. They are safe, effective, affordable, and beautiful! We know how important it can be for patients to achieve a smile they’ve always wanted, even when imperfections exist, and conditions occur which negatively affect the appearance of the smile. With mercury-free restorations, patients will know that their smiles are attractive and properly cared for. Regardless, we do encourage patients to book a consultation appointment with Dr. France Chevalier to be evaluated and determine if mercury-free restorations are appropriate to enhance the smile.
What about porcelain restorations?
Dr. France Chevalier regularly uses porcelain to create restorations, including veneers, bridges, and crowns. Porcelain looks just like natural tooth enamel and ensures that the repair looks as natural as possible. Porcelain is a material that has been used on patients for many years to achieve the appearance they desire.
How are porcelain restorations made?
Porcelain restorations are not made in-house in the same way composite resin is used. Instead, porcelain restorations require the dentist to prepare the teeth first. This may include the removal of a thin portion of enamel. Then, impressions are made and sent to a dental laboratory. The laboratory will fabricate the new restorations with porcelain and send back to the dentist within a week or two. The entire process takes some time, but these restorations are long-lasting and beautiful. We want our patients to know that we take immense pride in helping them achieve the smiles they’ve always wanted, even when damage has occurred. With porcelain restorations and composite resin, many areas of concern can be aesthetically addressed by our team of professionals. We can assess the smile and determine which solution is best for an individual and provide the information needed to move forward in receiving treatment.
Take the time to connect with Dr. France Chevalier today
If you are interested in visiting professionals, we encourage you to speak to our dental team about the advantages of mercury-free treatment. Contact Dr. France Chevalier and the team today at 234 Laurier Avenue West in Ottawa, ON by calling +1 (613) 233-1118. We can schedule patients for an appointment to discuss their dental needs and provide solutions for the smile that are affordable and effective.