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Mercury Free Dental Care

Our practice has promoted mercury free dental treatments for over 10 years, using leading edge composite resin products for routine dental filling treatments, repairing chipped teeth and, for many patients, tooth reshaping as an affordable and durable alternative for veneers.

No Amalgam

Mercury based amalgam filling material is not used in our practice, by default. Our patients are provided a choice of composite resin formulations that can wear like iron and provide excellent color matching and shading characteristics that nearly match premium grades of porcelain restoratives (overlays, inlays, veneers and crowns).

Historical Perspective

Published research demonstrates that mercury is more toxic than lead, cadmium or arsenic. Due to its poisonous nature, mercury can adversely affect the immune, urinary, cardiac, respiratory and digestive systems.

Under laboratory conditions, mercury has produced brain cell deterioration identical to that seen in victims of Alzheimer's Disease. Mercury poisoning has been implicated in immune system depression, multiple sclerosis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome and autism.

A large filling may contain as much mercury as a thermometer. Mercury vaporizes easily at room temperature and in this state, is odorless, colorless and tasteless. Inhaled mercury vapor is readily absorbed into the bloodstream. No amount of mercury vapor can be considered harmless, especially considering its cumulative effect.

Biocompatibility Preferences

Principles of minimally invasive and non invasive treatments in both medicine and dentistry continue to develop at a geometric rate. Our patients enjoy having the option to replace older, accepted standards with advanced standards of care.

Existing Amalgam
Just as titanium, zirconia and advanced prosthetic acrylics have replaced outdated product technologies in tooth replacement dentistry, the biocompatibility of tooth colored composites is redefining the functional and cosmetic longevity of teeth before ultimate failure and need for replacement.

Protocol: Safe Healthful Amalgam Removal

To prevent additional mercury exposure, Dr. Petulla uses a specific protocol for assuring successful and unventful treatment:
  • Utilizing an effective oral suction system to contain amalgam particles and limit mercury vapors
  • A rubber dam to isolate and prevent swallowing debris
  • Operating a vacuum system at optimal efficiency
  • Applying copious amounts of water to the filling during removal
  • Successful Resin Replacement
    Treatment Completed
  • Removing large portions of the amalgam to minimize particulate and mercury vapor release
  • Providing a safe source of oxygen for the patient to breathe during removal
  • Having the patient?s hair, face and clothing covered during removal
  • Watch - See How Amalgam Replacement is Done

Composite Resin Replacements

Advancements in dental chemistry have led to the development of many different types of composite resin products that can be used for new fillings and filling replacements. Bonding characteristics and even the molecular properties can vary which affects the cosmetic value and long term endurance of tooth fillings.

Filling Replacement Failures

Unfortunately, many patients report newfound pain and sensitivity issues associated with amalgam filling replacements. While retreating extremely deep cavities can be a potential problem area for nearly any patient, technical errors that are associated more with the actual use of resin products that can cause cracking and eventual leakage are best controlled by strict adherance to the treatment protocol defined by the manufacturer of the product.

The use of advanced composites requires attention to detail that was not required with old fashioned amalgam fillings. Moisture control, cross contamination, cumulative layering for deep fillings and the use of special etching compounds are monitored closely by our doctors, thereby eliminating the most common complaints associated with changing old tooth fillings.


Patients who have questions about the material on this page or other amalgam filling questions are invited to contact Dr. Petulla or Dr. Kazemi directly with our on-line Ask The Dentist form.

To arrange a private consult with either of our doctors call our office today at (856) 983-4846. You can also use our Consultation Form for making these arrangements.

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Kristin Beth Petulla, D.D.S. - Jennifer Kazemi, D.M.D.

South Jersey Cosmetic Implant Family Dentistry
43 East Main Street Marlton, New Jersey NJ 08053 (856) 983-4846 - Fax (856) 983-1054
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