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Biological Mercury Safe Dentistry by our Holistic Dentist in Anderson SC

For many years, amalgam fillings have been the standard. Most adults today, and many children, have at least one filling. As the evidence piles up about what is in amalgam fillings and the potential health risks, more people are searching for mercury free & mercury safe dentistry options. Aesthetic Dentistry provides Anderson, SC residents with the option of biological dental care. Dr. James Groeber is invested in helping each patient reach their optimal oral and overall health. Because of that, he’s proud to count himself as a mercury safe dentist and a mercury free (amalgam free) dentist.

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.

Some potential mercury side effects:

  • Cardiovascular problems such as a labile pulse or tachycardia
  • Cognitive or neurological impairments, like memory loss or a decrease in mental functions.
  • Dermatological conditions, such as dermatitis.
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Hearing loss
  • Respiratory problems, such as bronchitis, bronchial irritation, or even respiratory failure.

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. Many wonder if mercury fillings are dangerous. We believe that any potential for harm is too much risk. Instead of creating a potentially 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.

Benefits of mercury free fillings:

  • Aesthetically pleasing: Amalgam fillings are visible fillings. By utilizing mercury free options, we can provide you with a tooth colored, less visible filling.
  • Better for the tooth: Not just because of the lack of mercury, composite and porcelain fillings require significantly less area. This means that to place an amalgam filling requires more removal of the natural tooth. In addition, amalgam fillings change in size with every temperature change, which can lead to cracks, chips, and fractures in the tooth.
  • More natural: Composite fillings react in harmony with your natural tooth structure. There is no size change from temperature. This allows the tooth and filling to move as one unit, creating a stronger restoration.

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. These are practices we employ are for your safety and for ours as well. Our safety precautions are there to keep you from swallowing any debris from your filling being removed or inhaling any of the mercury vapor. The protection for face and skin is to help you avoid any mercury particulates from becoming adhered to you.

Mercury safe dentistry is also beneficial to the environment. Much of the mercury present in our environment comes from the run-off from dental practices employing amalgam fillings or practicing unsafe procedures in the removal of amalgam fillings.

Your health and wellness are a priority to our dental team. If you are interested in exploring the benefits mercury free and mercury safe dentistry can have on your health, the aesthetic appearance of your smile, and the environment, we encourage you to give us a call today. We’re proud to serve not just the Anderson area, but also our neighbors in Belton and Greenville County. We look forward to welcoming you to our dental family. (864) 216-7997.

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