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Mercury Free Dentistry

Many people have metal fillings in their mouth - called dental amalgam fillings - which contain 50% mercury, combined with an alloy of other metals.

  • Helps to display a more natural look
  • We use premium composite materials
  • Perfect alternative for those suffering from mercury sensitivity

What can be used as an alternative to mercury fillings?
The alternative materials available on the market today are referred to as bonded resin ceramics, composite resins or just composites.
These materials have been subjected to numerous clinical trials all over the world to determine whether they are biocompatible and safe to use in the human body. Our dentists have a combined experience of three decades with this material. As such, we have a very strict protocol on placement of material resulting with a very high success rate.
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Neeraj Puri
GDC No. 71646
Principal Dentist
0131 225 9093
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Occasionally there are anecdotes of people suffering from sensitivity or pain after having composite fillings, or the fillings not lasting very long. Of course, there is a difference in the qualities of different composite materials.

This can lead to some products not lasting as long or appearing to discolour very quickly. As with everything else, the composite materials used at Integrated Dentalcare are of a premium quality.

To increase their life expectancy the latest generation of composites contain ceramic nano-particles, resulting in exhibited wear resistance similar to your natural teeth.


Are composite materials inert?

Composite materials have been found to have oestrogen-mimicking properties, but unfortunately nothing in dentistry or medicine is 100% bio-inert. Recently, however, with the advent of CAD CAM milling technology and pressed ceramic, we have found a truly biocompatible material.

However, unlike composite which can be very conservatively used to repair the damage caused by infection – a process enhanced manyfold by the use of the water laser – ceramic fillings do require some modification of the healthy tooth structure to be used (much like amalgam). Nevertheless, they are a robust solution to composite fillings, and are typically used to restore large defects. We follow a strict protocol when replacing your amalgam fillings.

Why not use mercury fillings?

We as dentists have a duty of care to our patients to present all the arguments for and against mercury fillings, and we are concerned that patients anticipating resolution from specific conditions and symptoms are not mislead of their hopes allowed to be raised to unrealistic levels.
Whilst dental amalgam has been used for over 100 years and is regarded as a robust and cheap material, our personal belief is that there are many suitable alternatives to dental amalgam, which also appear more natural. As 3% of the population suffer from mercury sensitivity, but may not show symptoms until years later, it is important to consider other options. And for this, there are many suitable alternatives.
Barry Dunford, Perthshire (2015)

I was looking for a holistic dentist who could offer a metal free implant, i.e. a zirconium implant. As a result of Neeraj Puri using laser technology during the treatment I found that there was almost no swelling and very little pain immediately after the dental surgery. After having had dental work over a number of years with other dentists, I can honestly say that Neeraj’s advice and technical ability is second to none. As a result, I now have a metal free zirconium implant which is functioning perfectly and has fully integrated into my jaw just like a natural tooth.

Not been to the dentist for a while?
Many people avoid visiting the dentist for as long as possible due to their fear - which may have stemmed from previous issues at a dentist’s office.

We spend lots of time and effort making sure our patients feel comfortable and build trust with us, as we want you to enjoy coming to the dentist as much as possible. Call us today to find out more 0131 225 9093.

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Trusted Technology we use at Integrated Dental

Our use of lasers puts us at the forefront of futuristic dentistry, as we offer an experience that has minimal discomfort and faster healing.

Our selection of lasers include our state of the art Waterlaser, a low level laser therapy (LLLT) laser, a soft tissue laser and a diagnostic laser.

Proving much safer than typical drills and with the chance to be more affordable than standard fees, our laser technology is helping us enter the future of dental surgery.

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