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Do you really need mercury-safe dental fillings and implants?

December 14, 2017
Nowadays, nothing is more important than the safety of the dental care and treatments that you receive. With the use of mercury recently coming into question for treating tooth decay, you may be considering an alternative approach to the services you need. You may be wondering if removing the fillings is enough or should you go for complete tooth replacement? Here are some clear benefits for choosing a mercury safe dentist.

Mercury Free Fillings vs. Mercury Safe Dentist

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.

Why it's dangerous to use Mercury in dental fillings?

Mercury is a heavy metal that can be toxic to the nervous system. The amount of mercury in dental amalgam is low, and the risk of mercury exposure from dental amalgam is also low. But it's not unheard for people to have sudden spikes of headaches due to the leaking mercury from fillings.

This means that most people are concerned about getting mercury-based dental fillings. For this reason, mercury-safe dental fillings are an important option for people who want to avoid exposure to mercury.

How a Mercury Safe Dentist works?

A modern dentist uses mercury-safe dental fillings made from a variety of materials, including ceramic, glass ionomer, and composite resin. These materials are strong and durable, and they can be matching color of your teeth. Mercury-safe dental fillings are a safe and effective way to restore your smile.

Which is Better?

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 being subjected to dental implants procedures or even certain cosmetic procedures. 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.

Choose Safe Services

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.

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