Understanding the Dangers of Mercury Amalgam Fillings and What You Can Do to Remove Them
It is estimated that near 181 million Americans have received and currently have mercury amalgam fillings. Mercury amalgam fillings contain roughly 50 percent liquid mercury in their makeup which is blended into an alloy containing silver, copper, tin, and zinc. Similar to how lead in paint or asbestos in insulation, which was once thought to be safe, has been found to be toxic, so has mercury in fillings. At Whole Health Dentistry in Sebastopol, CA, Dr. Silvano Senn practices mercury safe dental care. Dr. Senn believes that mercury-free dentistry is the only way to deliver a truly safe dental experience for patients. This not only includes utilizing mercury-free products but removing any mercury from your mouth as well.
The Danger of Amalgam Fillings
The FDA has found that amalgam fillings containing 50% mercury can be dangerous to your health. This is due to the fillings releasing a low level of mercury in the form of vapor. This vapor is then inhaled and absorbed through the lungs and over time can cause adverse effects in both the brain and kidneys. Many patients, as they are becoming aware of these adverse effects caused by low-level mercury poisoning, are turning to clinics like Whole Health Dentistry. Clinics such as Whole Health Dentistry are choosing to replace old amalgam fillings with safe and mercury-free composite resin fillings.
Removing Amalgam Fillings
The International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAMOT) has developed standard methods (called the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique, or SMART) for removing mercury amalgam fillings. This new method provides safe and recommended methods for the removal of existing mercury amalgam fillings in an environment that is safely controlled. These recommendations are in place to reduce any potential for negative outcomes.
The Benefits of Removing Mercury Amalgam Fillings
- Ending the patient’s exposure to mercury
- Fillings such as resin composite are more aesthetically pleasing
- Protects the patient’s mouth and body from harmful chemicals
If you are interested in learning more about why you should have your mercury amalgam fillings removed, please call Whole Health Dentistry at 707 549-6333 today and set up an appointment with Dr. Silvano Senn.
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