By Steven F. Hinchey, DMD
March 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentist in South Glastonbury, Connecticut, wants you to knowMercury Free Dentistry

Metal fillings, also called amalgam fillings, have been a mainstay of restorative dentistry for years. One of the substances used in metal fillings is mercury, a known toxin which can cause problems with your central nervous system.

Now, thanks to modern dental materials and techniques, you don’t have to settle for old, mercury-laden metal fillings. Dr. Steven Hinchey at Glastonbury Center For Dental Medicine in South Glastonbury, Connecticut, wants to share what mercury-free dentistry can do for you.

Metal fillings give off mercury vapor, especially when the fillings leak or when the fillings are removed. At Glastonbury Center For Dental Medicine, we use a safe method of removal which guarantees you minimal exposure to mercury as the fillings are removed. For more information about mercury-free dentistry in South Glastonbury, please visit the website at

Before your metal fillings are removed, Dr. Hinchey offers the Clifford Materials Reactivity Test, or CMRT, which determines any sensitivity you may have to dental materials and which material is best for you. For more information about this test, please visit

There are many mercury-free options to restore your teeth, including:

  • Tooth-colored fillings, which are made of composite, a resin material that is color-matched and shaped perfectly to your teeth; the material is hardened with a bright light. As a finishing touch, your composite fillings are polished perfectly, resulting in a seamless, virtually invisible restoration.
  • Another possible option is beautiful same-day crowns, veneers and onlays using revolutionary CAD-CAM technology. CAD-CAM uses 3-D imaging and precise computer measurements to fabricate your crown, veneers or onlays the same day, while you wait.
  • CAD-CAM is so precise, your new restoration fits perfectly the first time, with few adjustments. The best part is you don’t have to wait weeks for your restoration to come back from the dental laboratory! This means less time out of your busy schedule. For more information about CAD-CAM, please visit the website at

Don’t settle for leaking, crumbling metal fillings when beautiful, state-of-the-art, mercury-free restorations are just a phone call away. Call Dr. Steven Hinchey at Glastonbury Center For Dental Medicine in South Glastonbury, Connecticut, today to find out more about mercury-free dentistry!