March 26, 2019
For the last 150 years, amalgam fillings have been the most affordable and popular kind available. These fillings are durable and can last a long time, but they have one major downside. They contain a metal called mercury, which is extremely toxic with extensive exposure. But with advances in materials and technology, you can have safe mercury removal in Weyauwega and get a filling that won’t affect your health. Check out this helpful information about these two kinds of fillings.
What is amalgam made of?
Amalgam fillings, sometimes called silver fillings, consist of a compound of metals including mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Mercury is a naturally occurring metal that is primarily found in liquid form, similar to what you see in a thermometer. When it is heated up, it becomes a noxious gas. Although it has been known as a toxic metal for many years now, mercury has been used in fillings because it makes the filling material pliable. When all the metals are mixed together, amalgam becomes soft enough to press into the tooth, harden quickly, and hold up against the forces of biting and chewing.
Why is amalgam potentially dangerous?
Although the Food and Drug Administration said in 2009 that it found no reasons to limit the use of amalgam for fillings, it is now reviewing additional research to evaluate its safety. Among that research are studies finding that small amounts of mercury can be released as the amalgam filling wears in the form of vapor. Over time, it could build up in the organs and cause damage and symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, memory loss, headaches, and fatigue.
Why are composite resin fillings better?
As an alternative to amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings offer a much safer, more appealing material to restore a decayed tooth. This type of filling is completely free of metals and is made of composite resin, a material that combines plastic and fine ceramic particles. Unlike amalgam, tooth-colored fillings are biocompatible, which means that it doesn’t negatively impact living tissue. It also means it bonds well with your natural tooth structure, so less of it needs to be removed than with amalgam fillings. Composite resin fillings are the best choice for mercury-free restoration in Weyauwega.
What is holistic dentistry? Why is it important?
Holistic dentistry takes a different approach to dental care. Instead of the “drill and fill” philosophy of typical general dentists, holistic dentists only use non-toxic, biocompatible materials and preserve as much of your natural teeth as possible. By choosing a holistic dentist, you know you’ll get the treatment you need without hurting your oral or overall health.
In the end, your long-term well-being is worth the time and effort it takes to replace your amalgam fillings with composite resin. You can have peace of mind that your overall health is in good hands when you choose a holistic dentist who uses all metal-free, biocompatible materials. For more information about holistic dentistry, contact your dentist in Weyauwega.
About the Author
Dr. William Twohig has over forty years of dentistry experience, twenty of which he has devoted to finding alternative treatment methods for dental care. In his practice, he and his staff offer only metal-free restorations and other therapies, such as Ozone therapy, for a holistic approach to dentistry. To schedule an appointment with him, you can call (920) 867-3101 or click here.
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