MERCURY FREE DENTAL CONTROVERSY
There is much argument over the use of mercury-containing amalgam filling material for restorative dentistry techniques. Mercury is a known environmental and biologic toxin. As such, it must be treated as a hazardous material both before it goes into the mouth and after it is removed from the mouth. At Lane Ends Dental Practice we have been providing mercury free and mercury safe dentistry for more than a decade.
What Other Countries are Doing to LIMIT MERCURY EXPOSURE!
- Japan regulates use of amalgam fillings.
- Sweden and Denmark have already banned the use of mercury in dental amalgam fillings, citing health and environmental concerns.
- Amalgam use is illegal in Norway.
- Japan regulates any use of amalgam fillings.
- Germany and Austria have some restrictions of dental amalgam use.
Why Holistic Approach ?
Silver fillings are made of amalgam; a mixture of mercury and other metals including silver, tin and copper. Mercury is used in amalgam to set the material. The word “silver” amalgam is a misnomer as it is more than 50% mercury and should be called “mercury amalgam”. Mercury vapour outgases from the mercury amalgam for the entire life of the restoration. Mercury vapour is the most toxic form of mercury and mercury is the most toxic, radioactive metal known to man.
Mercurry Free Restorations
Our practice offers several restoration options that are mercury free. These options include: • All Porcelain Restorations • Ceramic crowns • Bonded Porcelain Restorations • CAD-CAM onlays and inlays • Composite Resin direct restoration
Holistic Dental Care
Holistic or Integrative approach to dentistry is the balance of traditional medicine with a whole body, preventive approach to one’s well-being. Many dental treatments have ramifications on the integrity of the body as a whole. The health of your vital organs, blood, neuro-musculature, skeletal balance, senses and more, are affected by the state of your oral health.
We believe that Silver (metal) restorations are inferior, and that there is no point in performing a restoration with a material that looks nothing like natural teeth and will inhibit your smile. Other reasons for replacing your metal fillings are as follow;
- Patients with mercury allergies or immune system disorders may be especially sensitive to the presence of mercury.
- Silver fillings stand out and may cause you to be self-conscious about your smile.
- Metal expands and contracts with temperature changes, sometimes causing enamel to crack or fracture.
Modern techniques now involve sticking fillings to teeth using special dental adhesives. This technique is often called ‘adhesive’ or ‘sticky’ dentistry. The area is treated with a solution that roughens the surface of the tooth – much the same as using sandpaper ‘keys’ the wall ready for painting.
The adhesive is applied and the filling is ‘bonded’ to the tooth. The advantages of this method are that the cavity some cases it may not necessary to numb the tooth first.