Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Importance of Mercury-Free Fillings

Thanks to modern dental technology, many procedures are being redesigned in order to provide a better patient experience and lasting results. This includes changing what materials are being used in conventional dental treatments in order to create plans that improve the wellbeing of the entire body.  As a result of this new approach to dentistry, more and more dentists are phasing out amalgam or metal-based restorations in favor of more biocompatible composite fillings or porcelain crowns.

Why are Amalgam Restorations Being Phased Out?
While critics will argue that this shift from metal to composite is merely a fad, recent studies have indicated that in the long run, metal restoration may have a negative impact on a patient’s overall health. Much of this is due to the question of how safe dental mercury is. While critics of the mercury free movement point out that mercury has been used for over 150 years, proponents of the anti-amalgam movement highlight the following points:
  • Amalgam fillings are composed of 50% mercury
  • Metal fillings constantly release mercury as the filling wears, causing the metal to be absorbed by the body.
  • In large quantities, mercury can cause a number of secondary health consequences, affecting the nervous, immune, urinary, cardiac, respiratory, and digestive systems.

What is a Safe Alternative for Amalgam Fillings?
In lieu of placing amalgam fillings, many individuals are being presented with non-metal alternatives, such as composite fillings. Unlike amalgam, these fillings are made of tooth colored ceramic and plastic compounds. As a result, patients receive a natural looking restoration that does not run the risk of compromising their oral or overall health.

For patients that have already had amalgam fillings placed, safe amalgam removal is available. At the Sunnyvale dental office of Dr. Ratna Indah, specialized equipment is used to safely remove amalgam fillings while preventing patient or practitioner exposure to the mercury. By maintaining strict compliance with the safe amalgam removal guidelines put forth by the IAOMT, the Sunnyvale dentist is able to help patients obtain a healthy smile and total body wellbeing.

Do You Have Questions About Amalgam Fillings? Contact Us Today!
Dr. Indah and her Sunnyvale dental team are pleased to offer a number of amalgam free alternatives to help patients restore their smile in a safe and healthful manner. For more information about our amalgam free services including safe amalgam removal, contact our Sunnyvale dentist today.


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