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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
801 Brewster Ave<br/> Ste 255
Redwood City, CA 94063
Ph: (650) 367-4967

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Meet Dr. Barthman

Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

Dr. Barthman is a Member of

  • American Dental Association
  • Las Vegas Institute for
  • Advanced Dental Studies

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Did You Know?

Above all else, Dr. Barthman wants for you to have a beautiful, new smile. Prevention is the key to staying healthy and so we recommend the following tips to get you on your way:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of sugary varieties.
  • Floss daily and if possible, after every meal.
  • Prevent plaque and cavities by reducing your daily intake of sweet snacks.
  • Schedule a cleaning and oral examination with Dr. Barthman once a year.

 

Mercury Filling Removal

August 31, 2020 @ 02:21 PM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman

up-close view of three natural-looking teethTooth decay is a common problem that detracts from your oral health. Untreated cavities can lead to gum disease and even tooth loss. Dentists might place mercury fillings to repair damaged teeth. While these fillings are effective, they do not work for all individuals. These types of patients can visit our Redwood City, CA, office for mercury filling removal.

Dr. Jean Barthman can remove mercury fillings that have failed or she might recommend the treatment for patients who have had adverse reactions. During a consultation, she will discuss your concerns in detail in order to provide a comprehensive treatment plan. With experience in restorative dentistry, Dr. Bartham can improve your oral health and appearance with an array of high-quality treatments.

What Are Mercury Fillings?

Amalgam fillings are also known as the classic silver fillings. Dentists have used this type of restoration to fill cavities for the past 150 years. A mixture of metals, these dental amalgams contain mercury, silver, copper, and tin. In fact, these fillings are about 50% mercury by weight. The mercury reacts to and binds with the other metals to make the filling strong and secure.

This type of filling is popular since it costs less than other materials. Additionally, mercury fillings are stronger than other materials, which is why dentists often use them for children.

Can Mercury Fillings Cause Health Problems?

Over the years, there has been more research into the use of mercury fillings and what potential problems they could pose. Since these fillings contain elemental mercury, they emit low levels of the metal in vapor form. Patients can inhale the mercury, which the lungs can absorb. 

While many patients can tolerate these fillings without any health problems, some individuals feel that they are more susceptible to the effects of mercury. These patients have reported symptoms ranging from headaches to fatigue.

If you experience any of these symptoms or no longer feel comfortable with amalgam fillings, contact our office. We can remove the fillings and offer you effective alternatives.

What Is Involved in the Removal Process?

Dr. Bartham can remove mercury fillings to minimize health problems and also when these restorations fall out or fail. After an examination, our dental team can determine whether removing the fillings is in your best interest.

Our dentist takes special care to ensure that you do not ingest any mercury during the process, so she will use a dental dam or other methods to protect you throughout the procedure. Your doctor uses a constant spray of cold water to reduce the temperature and prevent mercury vapor. The filling is also broken down into smaller pieces to allow your dentist to remove the filling more easily. 

What Alternatives Are Available?

To replace mercury fillings, Dr. Barthman places composite resin or tooth-colored fillings. Our Redwood City, CA, practice offers this restorative treatment to provide patients with a safer alternative. Individuals also prefer this filling since it matches the natural color of teeth for a more seamless look. These filings are also more conservative yet durable, so they are especially long-lasting with proper care.

Learn More in a Consultation

For patients who are interested in learning more about mercury filling removal, they can contact our office online or call us at (650) 367-4967. During a consultation, we can examine your teeth and provide you with additional information about the procedure.