Mercury-Free Restorations

Dr. Taltavall made a choice to stop placing “mercury-containing” fillings in 2005. Although these “silver” fillings were easy to use and relatively inexpensive, they had a nasty habit of breaking many of the teeth in which they were placed. Mercury is the silver liquid we see in thermometers. As it heats up, it expands. As it cools down, it contracts. This expanding and contracting also occurs in the fillings in your teeth as you eat hot and cold foods.

Eventually and over time, all of this expansion and contraction will cause cracks to develop in your teeth. When “silver fillings” break a tooth, the tooth usually requires a crown or an onlay for a repair. Most of the crowns or onlay restorations we do in our dental practice today are to repair teeth with old silver fillings.

In our office we recognize the problems with these mercury-containing fillings, and try to help you avoid the problems of unexpected tooth breakage. At your cleaning and exam appointment, we will use our intraoral camera to help locate, evaluate and show you the condition of your fillings and your overall oral health.

These photos are examples of teeth whose fillings had separated from the tooth and were replaced by Dr. T.

This photo is the before and after of “A Dr. T. Smile” full mouth reconstruction.

A visit with Dr. T. Is warm and caring.

We believe that dental work need not be something you fear. We take the time to put you at ease, and understand your needs.