Tooth Colored Fillings and Bisphenol-A (BPA)

I was just about to place a composite filling today when my patient asked if the composite material contained bisphenol-A (BPA).  I was embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know.  I did post an article about BPA and sealants on my blog and I do use a sealant that does not have BPA. But composite was a different matter.    I just wasn’t sure about dental composites.

The composite that I use is Renamel by Cosmodent, and it is a very fine product.  I checked their catalog, but there was no mention of bisphenol-A, making me think that the product did contain BPA, or they would have announced that it did not.  Then my question was whether there was a composite available that did not contain BPA, and was there any health danger for the patient if composite does contain BPA.

I checked the American Dental Association website for information on BPA. They defended the use of dental composites, as I would expect, saying that there is no evidence that they are unsafe.From the ADA website: “Based on current research the Association agrees with the authoritative government agencies that the low-level of BPA exposure that may result from dental sealants and composites poses no known health threat.”

But rinse well after a composite is placed – it can’t hurt!

Go for the second opinion. Don’t be embarrassed. People often call our Long Island dental office to ask for a second opinion. I am happy to talk to them, find out what their needs are and make suggestions. It’s your dental health and your pocketbook so you need to get as much information as you can, and you need to find a dental practitioner you can trust. Too many times people come to the office and have been told things that I think would not be in their best interest.

For example, a young woman came into my dental office last week and said that her front tooth had chipped and she was told she needed a crown. She was upset at the thought of putting a crown on her front tooth. I looked at the chip and told her that it should be repaired with a simple and undetectable tooth-colored composite bonding procedure. We took care of the chip and she was thrilled!

Another woman came into the office this week with a temporary bridge that had fallen out. She was told that one of the abutment teeth would have to be extracted and two implants placed. She was upset at losing another tooth. I took a look and recommended some gum work to save the tooth and placement of a permanent bridge. She was thrilled!

In both of these cases my recommendation was an alternative to what the patient didn’t want – the crown in the first case and extraction and implants in the second case. And my recommendation was considerably less expensive and a better service than what had been suggested at another dental office. So go for that second opinion. I’ll be happy to speak to you and recommend the treatment that’s right for you.madagascar free

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