Why Our Doctors Recommends Mercury Free Fillings

Mercury In Traditional Dental Fillings

For over a century, the most common material for dental fillings was silver amalgam, with more than 100 million Americans getting silver amalgam fillings. One would hope that something so common (and which is still used by 47 percent of dentists) would be completely safe. Unfortunately, these fillings contain about 50 percent mercury, and there is no known safe level of mercury exposure. Amalgam fillings have actually been banned in countries like Sweden, Norway, and Denmark because of their proven toxic effects.

Dentistry Minus The Mercury

If you have a silver filling, the simple act of chewing your food releases between 2 and 20 micrograms of mercury into your body per day — and it’s even higher for people who regularly chew gum, drink soda, or grind their teeth. Over time, this can cause problems like tremors, insomnia, headaches, nerve damage, respiratory failure, and kidney problems.

A great way to prevent these problems from developing or worsening is to get your silver fillings replaced with a safe material, but if the dentist doesn’t use the correct procedure, removing the fillings can cause even more mercury exposure. With dentists who are Mercury Safe and Mercury Free, you know you’re getting the highest standard of filling replacement, and you can trust that your new fillings will be 100 percent free of mercury.

Why Should You Replace Your Silver Mercury Fillings?

Mercury fillings were used for many years in dentistry. You’ve likely had one in your lifetime. In recent years there has been a shift away from mercury for several reasons. We recommend replacing mercury fillings with porcelain tooth-colored fillings because they result in a stronger tooth and higher aesthetic value.

The Disadvantages of Silver Fillings

The edges of silver fillings tend to wear down over time. Eventually, they become weak and break, which results in the tooth not being protected. When this happens the tooth is at risk of cavities. Also, silver fillings will tend to expand and contract, which can cause the tooth to split. Again this results in bacteria and possibly cavities. Silver fillings also contains approximately 50% mercury. Mercury can corrode leaks and potentially cause stains on your teeth and gums.

The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Resin onlays are bonded to the tooth creating an extremely tight fit, which is superior to silver fillings. We always want to save as much of the tooth as possible. Restorations using resin can be used in situations when most of the original tooth has been lost. This allows the tooth to stay intact.

Also, the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contains fluoride, the tooth helps to fight of decay. The resin also wears like a natural tooth and does not require placement at the gum line. This results in a wonderful natural-looking smile.

If you’re interested in replacing your silver, mercury fillings with tooth-colored resin fillings please reach out to schedule a consultation. Please give us a call at (972) 690-6653 or email us.