Over the past 40 years, mercury free dentists have begun to distinguish themselves apart from others due to their concerns over the potential exposure to mercury though the use of metal fillings. Now, the use of them is less common due to the concern despite the American Dental Association claiming their safety for use.
Over the years, the term has changed a bit as people turn to dentists to remove their old metal fillings. The term “mercury free” cannot be used for dentists who remove them, even if they do not use traditional amalgam fillings. This is because the removal process may cause a release of mercury vapor. As a result, new protocols were developed to reduce a patient’s exposure during their removal, making their dental office not just mercury free, but also mercury safe.
Often, it is believed that the terms are interchangeable as more than half of dentists no longer use metal fillings. As a result, they believe they are mercury safe; however, unless the additional protocols are in place, they do not qualify for that terminology. If you are concerned about mercury exposure, it is best to take the time to choose a dentist who is mercury safe.
By choosing one who is mercury safe, you significantly reduce your risk for exposure to mercury when the old filling is removed. Through their use of specialized equipment, training, and experience, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. With the right dentist by your side, you will not just be mercury free, but mercury safe as well.
If you have an old metal filling that needs to be removed, do not put your health at risk with mercury exposure. Choose a dentist who is qualified and uses the appropriate protocols to minimize mercury vapors for your safety and peace of mind.
About Dr. Wael Elosta
Dr. Wael Elosta holds a passion for dentistry because it allows him to make a positive impact in the lives of people in a meaningful way. In addition to his dental degree, he has completed more than 500 hours of continued education to offer high-quality and safe services. Due to his experience and qualifications, he remains an active member of various dental organizations, including the American Dental Association and the State of Virginia Dental Association. If you have an old metal filling that needs to be removed, contact our office today to discuss its safe extraction and replacement with a composite resin filling.