Mercury Free Dentistry
Amalgam dental fillings use approximately 50% mercury and components of silver, tin, zinc, and other trace metals. Mercury is a known toxic substance, and the amount released from dental fillings is a subject of debate. Although amalgam is not used as frequently now as it was in the past, it is still utilized by many dentists to fill cavities.
Many individuals are worried about how mercury will affect their health, and rightly so. Mercury is, after all, a poisonous heavy metal.
Benefits of Mercury-Free Dentistry
The main reason a person may prefer mercury-free dentistry is to protect themself from the possible harmful effects of mercury. This is extremely crucial for individuals who already suffer from metal allergies or are hypersensitive. For this reason, people with immune system issues, severe allergic reactions, autoimmune disorders, liver issues, and individuals who favor biological dentistry techniques choose mercury-free dentistry. Counter to this, we have many patients who have amalgam restorations with no known side effects. The act of removing a deep amalgam restoration can introduce new problems, as any deep drilling can lead to pain and further treatment needed. At Ruther Family Dentistry, we DO NOT have a one size fits all approach. Each individual is assessed and treatment options are discussed, at length, so patients can make informed decisions about what is best for their overall health.
Mercury is poisonous, and we do not use it as a restorative material. The immunological, urinary, cardiac, pulmonary, and digestive systems can all be impacted. Mercury can easily evaporate at room temperature and has no color, flavor, or odor. This prevents both the dentist and the patient from knowing whether it's entering the bloodstream or not.
It is More Natural Looking
Mercury fillings present undesirable esthetics for most patients. Thankfully, with a mercury-free filling, you can preserve a damaged tooth with a replacement or repair that looks exactly like your natural teeth.
It is Eco-Friendly
Mercury is an environmental hazard if it enters the water supply. At Ruther Family Dentistry, we utilize the NXT HG5 Amalgam Separator, which is certified for >99% amalgam mercury separation for proper disposal.
We strive to promote a healthy environment by keeping hazardous substances out of public water sources.
Better and More Durable Options are Available
Since they closely resemble actual teeth, composite dental fillings offer excellent flexibility. They help strengthen a tooth that is brittle.
After some years of using it, mercury fillings can fracture or contract. This can not just harm the tooth but also enable bacteria to penetrate the cavity.
Safe for Patients and Dentists
Mercury-free dentistry is not only safe for the patient but the dentist as well. Several health and neurological issues can be brought on by mercury exposure. The amount of exposure, a person's age, and general health all have a significant role in how they react. A mercury-free dentistry practice fosters a healthy workplace and adheres to the medical profession's ethical duty to prevent harm.
Mercury-free fillings and amalgam are complicated subjects. If you have had an amalgam filling before and you opt for a mercury-free filling now, it does not mean you should get rid of your amalgam.
The dentist runs the risk of damaging the tooth's healthy areas by trying to eliminate quality fillings. Additionally, removing amalgam runs the risk of releasing mercury into the body.
Dr. Ruther at Ruther Family Dentistry will provide you with excellent consultation regarding mercury-free fillings and whether you should remove your existing ones or not.