Amalgam fillings have been recognised as a possible cause of a host of issues in our bodies, especially for individuals with metal or mercury sensitivities.
How Healthy is Your Mouth?
Amalgam fillings are widely used to repair cavities caused by tooth decay. Reliable and long-lasting, they have been used for many decades.
However, most amalgam fillings contain about 50 per cent mercury. So, if you have a silver dental filling, chances are, it is made with amalgam.
Even though the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has issued warnings about the dangers of mercury, most people are unaware of this health threat lurking in their mouths.
No to Amalgam Fillings
According to some studies, it is believed that the mercury in amalgam fillings is being released at very low levels as mercury vapour. This can be absorbed into the bloodstream and is stored in various areas and organs, notably the brain, kidney and liver.
Mercury dental fillings also expand and contract due to changes in temperature. This has attributed to an increase in tooth fractures and permanent damage to the tooth structure.
In addition, mercury silver fillings corrode over time in the harsh environment of the mouth, leaking metallic ions which cause staining and discolouration of the tooth. This makes it difficult for decay to be detected, often it is left to worsen until treatment becomes
At Orchard Scotts Dental (OSD) we have a strict protocol when removing amalgam fillings. Mercury fillings are removed under high vacuum suction and rubber dam isolation. This prevents the patient from ingesting the mercury fillings during their removal.
Amalgam Free Dentistry
If you have mercury amalgam fillings, these can be replaced with composite (white) fillings. These not only match the colour of your teeth to give a natural appearance but last just as long when completed correctly. Large mercury fillings can be replaced with strong ceramic or prefabricated resin for added strength and protection.
Mercury Free Dentistry
Our founding dentists have been practising mercury-free dentistry since 2004. Our experience in offering mercury-free dentistry has evolved over the last decade and is now sought after by other dentists locally and regionally to teach mercury replacement techniques. When it comes to dental fillings, we believe you should decide upon non-mercury fillings for your wellbeing and health.