BPA Free Fillings Houston

At Best Dental our team believes in only using BPA free tooth fillings. We have eliminated the use of composite fillings containing BPA, as well as ridding our office of all mercury based silver fillings.

Much uproar has surfaced about BPA or Bisphenol A, contained in plastics and in dental materials.

Baby bottles and other plastic bottles are notorious for containing the synthetic harmful substance that has been known to cause problems in the body (ie-certain reproductive cancers).  More specifically, BPA looks a lot like the hormone estrogen and can confuse the organs that produce or respond to the hormone.

In a time where we have recognized and moved beyond silver fillings due to their mercury content, white fillings are not without risk.  BPA is commonly used in most white (or composite) fillings.

In studies done approximately 10 years ago showed that BPA can be found in the saliva after 10 minutes of placing the filling. At Best Dental, we are well aware of the public’s concern which is why we have switched over to BPA free tooth fillings.

What is BPA?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a high production volume chemical mainly used for manufacturing poly-carbonate plastics, epoxy resins and methacrylate resins used in dentistry. In animal studies, a number of adverse health effects have been associated with BPA including effects on hormonal activity, asthma, diabetes, obesity, behavioral changes, cancer, infertility and genital malformations. Many dental fillings contain BPA. Although no conclusive dental studies have shown adverse effects in the human body, the potential of this chemical causing long term harm is a concern for Dr. Jasmine and her team at Best Dental. This is why we have completely switched over to manufactures that produce BPA free dental fillings to make sure the health of our patient family continues to be our number one goal.

What bodily harm can BPA cause?

A recent review by EFSA (the European Organization for Food Safety) concluded that rats and mice exposed to BPA are likely to experience effects on the general health of liver and kidneys as well as on breast tissue in terms of increased cell growth. The kidneys of rats seems to be the primary effect of BPA, which can possible lead to renal damage to humans in the form of kidney failure and possible end state renal disease if higher concentrations are seem throughout one’s lifetime.

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Which companies produce BPA Free Dental Fillings?

Any dental material made with BisGMA may contain trace amounts of Bisphenol A. Some companies strive to produce significantly less toxic materials. A company named VOCO brand restorative materials contain up to 50% less resin than many other composite brands, proportionately reducing potential presence of trace amounts of bisphenols. Furthermore, VOCO does not add Bisphenol A or B to its dental composites.

Dental Composites who add BPA to their tooth fillings do not understand that they can be causing long term harm to future generations of people. It’s just a risk that we are not willing to take here at Best Dental.

BPA Free Porcelain Crowns

As mentioned earlier, BPA is a chemical typically seen in tooth filling materials. Our full fledged Porcelain crowns are BPA free, and have no trace elements of BPA in them.

At Best Dental, we take our patients overall health very seriously. With the potential damage that dental fillings can cause, we are not willing to risk the health of the general public. It’s just a great thing that our team has the option to purchase BPA free dental filling materials. We hope this article was informative, and we are looking forward to meeting you very soon!

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Do composite fillings contain mercury?

Resin composite fillings do NOT contain mercury. The only filling materials currently seen in dentistry that contain mercury are amalgam fillings. Although amalgam is currently banned in Europe, many dentists in North America still use them as their filling material of choice.

Traditional resin composite do contain a toxic substance called BPA that has been shown to cause long term harm to your systemic health.

Which dental filling material is better; composite or amalgam?

Due to the fact that resin composites can now be purchased without BPA in its ingredients, composite is the top choice for dental fillings in the modern age. The long term health of your oral cavity and overall body can be jeopardized with mercury based filling materials like amalgam.

Do dental sealants also contain BPA?

Most sealants sold on the market to dentists also contain BPA. At Best Dental, we avoid using sealants for this reason. Although they can prevent cavities from developing, we are not sure if there are long term health risks as studies have been inconclusive.

Are ceramic fillings toxic?

Some ceramic fillings (known as inlays) are known to be toxic due to traces of BPA being present in their chemistry. We have also avoided using these indirect fillings unless our patients demand it after we have given them the risks of their use.

How often should a dental filling be replaced?

Most dental fillings only need to be replaced if their margins show leakage, or if there is secondary caries developing under the old filling. No matter what the age of a dental filling, if it shows complete sealing around the tooth structure that is prepared, it should not be replaced.

At Best Dental, we recommend the replacement of all silver mercury based dental amalgams. These have been shown to potentially cause long term health problems. We will replace these with BPA free dental fillings to not only replace your filling, but to guide your body towards better health.

Are BPA Free Resin Fillings more expensive?

They are more expensive than traditional white fillings. The reason for this is that it takes the manufacturers of these BPA free products time to remove the harmful elements from the resins chemistry, while maintaining its handling properties so that your holistic dentist can accurately restore your tooth.