We’re A Mercury Free Dental Office
Although the American Dental Association maintains the position that mercury amalgam fillings are safe and acceptable, many scientific studies have demonstrated evidence to the contrary, which casts doubt on this position. Recent studies have shown that the permissible exposure limit to mercury vapor as defined by the US Dept. of Labor/OSHA of .1mg/m3 is greatly exceeded when mercury/amalgam AKA “silver” fillings are placed in a patient’s mouth and that the simple act of eating or brushing one’s teeth while there is a mercury amalgam filling in one’s mouth releases mercury vapor from the filling material
At Friends and Family Dental, we are concerned about the health of our patients, so mercury-free dentistry is always practiced. We do not offer (mercury-containing) amalgam fillings.
WHAT ARE AMALGAM FILLINGS?
“Silver” dental amalgam contains 50% mercury. When a person with amalgam chews, mercury vapors are released in the mouth. These vapors enter the person’s bloodstream and are carried into various areas of the body, where they can cause serious damage. In pregnant women, mercury is also carried to the fetus through the bloodstream and breast milk.
Why Remove an Amalgam Filling?
The Dangers of Mercury: Mercury is scientifically proven to have adverse effects on the human body. Research shows that mercury is directly linked to Alzheimer’s Disease, causes kidney and brain damage, reduces the ability to reproduce, exacerbates allergies, reduces hemoglobin’s oxygen-carrying capacity, and damages blood vessels.
How We Remove Mercury/Amalgam Fillings
- Precautions must be taken when removing amalgam fillings. In order to remove the amalgam properly, the patient must be protected during the removal process in the following ways:
- The use of intra oral and extra oral suction devices to collect the mercury vapor released from the mercury amalgam fillings as they are removed, adequate PPE and rubber dams
Ask us about our Mercury-Free Tooth Restoration Options