Metal Free Dentistry - Why it Matters
The dental industry (as with any industry that is willing to grow and become more efficient) has come a long way from the times when metal or silver fillings was the only option for filling cavities. However, we now know that most dental offices choose to stay away from silver fillings and use a more natural looking porcelain or composite alternative. But this is not just because they look, feel, and function so much better.
The mercury contained in metal fillings can have an extreme affect on one's health. Amalgam fillings are composed of about 50 percent mercury. And the dangerous vapors of mercury within one's mouth are stimulated and released each time your eat or brush your teeth.
Mercury is the most naturally occurring, non-radioactive, substance on our planet. It is extremely toxic, even more so than other heavy metals, such as:
Mercury is a neurotoxin, which makes it hard to believe that having it reside in the body so close to the brain would ever be a good idea. Mercury vapors have the ability to pass through cell membranes, across your blood-brain barrier, and into your central nervous system. This can cause problems immunologically, neurologically, and psychologically. Because it alters genetic and enzyme systems, and damages the nervous system, it can be detrimental to coordination, and negatively impact the senses of touch, taste, sight, speech.
The effects of heavy metals are much more prominent in children than adults. Young bodies are at serious risk from the damaging causes of mercury. Most, and so will our office, will recommend that people steer aways from metal fillings. Although they have” effectively” given us a solution to the problem of filling cavities, the long term-overall health effects can lead to bigger problems in the human body.
Silver fillings also have a negative effect on the environment. Scientists have found high levels of mercury accumulation in a wide range of wildlife species, causing dangerous reproductive and neurological problems.
●Mammals - have impaired motor skills that affect their ability to hunt and fish for food
●Fish - have difficulty schooling and decreased spawning success
●Birds - lay fewer eggs and have trouble caring for their chicks
The Non-Toxic Alternative
If you already have amalgam fillings you can have them replaced with safer materials, which include porcelain, composite resin, and for those who want a little bling in their grill, you can always opt for gold.
Our off is happy to discuss what options we have available for you. We want you to feel comfortable with the materials we use and know that your are in good hands. Call us today and our friendly and knowledgeable staff can answer any question that you may have about silver filling removal and filling alternatives.