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Jul
18

Are Metal Fillings Poisonous?

Posted in Fillings

Metal fillings were used in dentistry for decades before we started to understand the risks of mercury exposure. Interestingly, mercury is a key ingredient in silver amalgam fillings, even today.

It’s understandable that you may wonder: are metal fillings toxic?

Why Mercury?

Metal fillings are made from an alloy of metals including tin and silver. To help them harden up from their fluid state, mercury is added. This enables the dentist to mix, pour, and shape a filling quickly before it hardens on its own.

Because of mercury’s chemical nature, there is no other reasonable substitute. But the good news is that once the filling sets up, the mercury doesn’t harm you. People have been opting for metal fillings because they’re fairly inexpensive and very durable.

Myth About Mercury Fillings

Some people believe that chewing with metal fillings releases vapors that you can inhale and get sick from. Yes, regular pressure on metal fillings can release some residue. But this is a very small amount that won’t significantly impact your body. After all, you can get the same effects from eating fish.

It would take a whole lot more mercury than what’s found in a few fillings to make you sick. Occupational exposure to mercury is more of a concern than exposure through dental work.

Alternative To Mercury Restorations

If you don’t want to take any chances with your next filling, you can probably choose to go with a white composite filling. Composite resin dental material combines plastic and glass for a strong, sleek, and metal-free finish.

Ask your dentist about the possibility of upgrading any broken-down metal fillings for tooth-friendly composite ones.

Posted on behalf of:
River Ranch Dental
203 George Hopper Rd #100
Midlothian, TX 76065
(469) 672-4245

 

Apr
10

Holistic Dentistry

Holistic dentists believe that there is a sting correlation between the health of a person’s body and the health of a person’s mouth. Holistic dental approaches also combine the most natural dental treatments with state of the art dental technology. There are millions of cases of substance sensitivities all throughout the United States. If people with a metal sensitivity have a cavity filled with a metal filling, there can be serious underlying health related issues. Holistic dentistry allows dentists and patients the freedom to choose personalized care as they look at each patient’s medical history and current health.

One of the most popular procedures that holistic dentists perform is the removal of metal, silver, and mercury fillings. These fillings can be removed and replaced with metal free, BPA free materials. Many times patients must go through a detox period after having metal fillings removed for their bodies to readjust to feeling healthy again. Any time a foreign object or substance is placed inside of a person’s body, the body’s chemistry must adjust. For some people, their systems do not handle the adjustment well and end up feeling fatigued and ill – though many doctors do not associate their symptoms with dental work.

While holistic dentistry may take on a different approach to dental care, the objective is always a promotion of health and wellness for every patient. With a holistic approach to dentistry, dentists are able to treat each patient on a one to one ratio and develop a treatment plan to treat the individual person, not the general issue.

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers

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