For many years, amalgam fillings have been the norm. Most adults today, and many children, have at least one filling. Many people know them as "silver fillings," but consumers are learning that this is not accurate.
Dental amalgam is made up of various metal substances. These metals are bound together with mercury. Beginning in 2001, researchers began conducting studies on the environmental impact of mercury (the majority comes from discarded dental amalgam). Within 10 years, their discoveries led to a global push to eliminate the usage of amalgam around the world. Here's why:
- Mercury is a neurotoxin.
- There is no "safe" level of exposure. Some say that 1.6 micrograms of mercury is acceptable. A single amalgam filling has over 1 million micrograms.
- Mercury escapes fillings when you chew.
- The body has no way of naturally flushing out toxic mercury.
- Levels of systemic mercury can accumulate over time, as continual exposure from amalgam occurs.
- The digestive, cardiac, respiratory, urologic, and immune systems may all show signs of mercury exposure in the form of chronic or potentially serious health conditions.
Why we practice mercury safe dentistry in our Anderson office
We believe that our role is to help our patients enjoy healthy, attractive smiles. The use of dental amalgam does not fit in to this philosophy. Instead of creating a harmful situation by placing mercury into the mouth, we use composites and porcelain. We complement our mercury-free practices with those that are also mercury-safe.
A mercury safe dental practice is one in which you can have amalgam fillings removed without substantially increasing your exposure to tiny mercury particles and vapors in the process. Our method of removal is in line with the protocol developed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. It includes steps such as isolating the tooth with a rubber dam, protecting the eyes and skin on the face, and ushering mercury away from the face using high-volume suction.
Your health and wellness
are a priority to our dental team. Contact our office to learn more about mercury safe dentistry.