Mercury Free Dentist
The staff at Discovery Dental proudly offer metal & mercury free dentistry as a service to our patients. What exactly is “mercury-free” dentistry, you may ask? It is a method of dental treatment which utilizes advanced porcelain or composite materials to restore your teeth, thus avoiding the hazardous effects which have been associated with the presence of mercury in commonly used silver-colored amalgam fillings.
Amalgam Fillings: A Known Health Hazard
Normal silver fillings can contain upwards of 50% mercury by mass, which, when joined with other metals like copper, zinc, and tin, creates what is called an amalgam. The most minute traces of mercury in your dental restorations can be extremely detrimental to your health, and it is a well-established fact that mercury is among the most toxic naturally-occurring substances on earth. Ironically, although some dental organizations have deemed mercury fillings as a risk-free method of treatment, it is highly illegal to dispose of such mercury-containing substances by flushing them into the toilet, or disposing of them in the trash, or into a water drain. Would you really want that to rub off onto your favorite foods day and night?
The following are some of the numerous disadvantages of metal fillings:
- Fillings can separate from the tooth, increasing the risk of severe mercury poisoning
- Your teeth can be permanently stained with a grayish discoloration as the metal tarnishes over time.
- A higher risk of fracture of the affected tooth brought on by rapid changes in temperature, even if little (mercury expands and contracts very differently from enamel)
- Metal fillings are unaesthetically appealing and look out-of-place
- Metal fillings do not always seal well, and tooth decay can circumvent the filling, thus defeating its main purpose.
A report submitted to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in 2012 stated the following: “Hg (mercury) vapor is released from Hg amalgam into human mouth air after chewing, and becomes a source of Hg exposure, as revealed by whole-body image scan and tissue analysis” This vapor can not only affect you – it can also have a detrimental effect on a developing fetus or infant. Internationally, this issue has received a great deal of visibility; successful efforts in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark in which amalgam was effectively banned from use in dental restorations underscores its importance to human well-being.
Edlich, RF. “Banning Mercury Amalgam in the United States – Food and …” 2012. (Reference)
Why Tooth-Colored Fillings Are The Smarter Alternative
First, tooth-colored fillings sidestep all of the aforementioned downsides, while improving your appearance and the overall health of your smile. The tooth-colored fillings are bonded, which means that they reinforce, rather than weaken, your precious teeth, as mercury amalgam fillings do.
SSince amalgam fillings are mercury-containing alloys, they can cause leakage at the interface between the filling and tooth, due to different rates of expansion and contraction from the surrounding tooth structure. This is a primary reason why silver fillings often suffer from fractures, resulting in the onset of tooth decay both around and beneath them, necessitating more invasive dental treatments such as crowns and root canals. Lastly, the white fillings are functionally superior to metal, are more environmentally-friendly, and enhance your smile’s appearance.
Replacing Metal Fillings
Dr. Maduri Vanama is a mercury free dentist qualified to assist her patients in the Issaquah area in replacing their old mercury bridges, fillings, or crowns with safer, more attractive alternatives. Her method dramatically reduces your exposure to hazardous chemicals and compounds while performing the replacement procedure.
These methods may include use of the following:
- High-volume suction systems
- Sterilized water
- Isolation of teeth with non-latex rubber dams
- Extraction of old fillings in large chunks, minimizing the risk of trace mercury contamination
Mercury Free Dentist in Issaquah Highlands
After removal of your pre-existing dental work, a through cleaning and inspection will be performed to ensure any lingering residue or debris is eradicated. Afterward, the new naturally-colored restorations will be meticulously bonded and polished for a seamless integration with your smile. Because Dr. Vanama is a mercury free dentist near Newport WA she is conscientious about the environmental impact of mercury contamination emanating from dental offices, thus her office boasts an advanced mercury filtration system through which waste mercury is collected and diffused from the wastewater before it’s sent into the municipal water supply.
If you would like to take an active role in reducing the harmful effects of dental metals on yourself, your family, and the environment, please contact us today and schedule an appointment with a mercury free dentist near Sammamish in Newport WA.
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