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 Mercury Free Dentistry ?
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.