Centerville residents ask about mercury free fillings
In recent years, there has been an increased concern about the toxicity of mercury and the affect it can have on the human body. Mercury exposure can have an impact on brain and kidney functions and cause potential allergic reactions. A growing number of people are careful to avoid mercury in their food and environment, but are often surprised to find out that one of the biggest exposure risks to mercury is amalgam fillings. These metal fillings are composed of a mix of silver, tin, copper, and mercury and they are the most commonly used filling in America. The exposure to mercury increases when the metal is heated, which occurs when people are brushing, eating, or grinding their teeth.
Mercury was long hailed as appropriate in fillings because amalgam was deemed an affordable, durable, and safe material and was less costly than composite, metal-free alternatives. However, these days, composite fillings are becoming more and more affordable and have several advantages over amalgam fillings.
- Color – Metal fillings are silver and can be unsightly in the mouth. Composite, mercury-free fillings are tooth colored, allowing them to blend right in with your tooth enamel. Many patients are unable to see the filling at all.
- Longevity – Composite, mercury-free fillings are less prone to cracking or pulling away from the teeth than amalgam fillings. They are also less likely to cause increased tooth sensitivity.
- Peace of mind – With composite fillings, you can be sure that you are not being exposed to toxic materials. With mercury-free fillings, you can feel free to brush your teeth and chew without the fear of increasing exposure to toxic mercury.
At Alex Bell Dental, we approach dental health with the philosophy that it is closely tied to the health of your entire body and overall wellbeing. We have made a commitment to use only mercury-free and biocompatible materials in our restorations. We make it our goal to treat all of our patients with their individual and unique needs in mind. If you are in the market for a new dentist, or simply want to learn more about mercury toxicity and the advantages of mercury free fillings, call our office today to schedule an appointment.Back to Mercury Free & Biological Dentistry Page