Amalgam fillings have been implicated as possible causes in 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. Strong 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 of 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
These mercury amalgam fillings can be replaced with new generation composite (white) fillings. They not only match the colour of your teeth to give a natural appearance, but last just as long when done correctly. Large mercury fillings can be replaced with stronger ceramic or prefabricated resin for added strength and protection.
Mercury Free Dentistry
Our founding dentists have been practising mercury free dentistry since 2004. Our knowledge and experience in handling mercury free dentistry are highly evolved and recognised by even our peers. They are often sought after by other dentists locally and regionally to teach mercury replacement techniques. When it comes to dental fillings, we believe you should choose non mercury fillings for your well being and health. Live Better.