We brush our teeth regularly, rinse with a strong mouthwash, and even floss now and then. And, when these efforts fail, we get our cavities filled with "Amalgam".
Most people would be shocked to discover that those amalgam or "silver" fillings are actually composed of over 50% mercury - the most toxic non-radioactive metal known to man. Over a million mercury fillings are still made world-wide every year and people have had this highly toxic metal packed into one or more cavities.
These silver fillings in your mouth are actually an amalgamation of at least four different metals, Mercury, Silver, Copper and Tin and others. These metals combine to form a random mixture of alloys. Each alloy is separate and unique and therefore has a different electrical potential than the others. This amalgam is continuously bathed in electrolytes (saliva, tissue fluids etc.) The dissimilar metals in electrolytes can therefore act like a battery in your mouth and can cause the metallic taste in your mouth which a lot of patients often refer to. This can be made worse if other metals such as crowns and bridges and dentures are also in the mouth.
Research and clinical experience show that Mercury sensitivity and toxicity is not Dose dependent but Host dependent. One person with many mercury amalgam fillings may show none or few symptoms while the next person reacts strongly after the first amalgam filling is placed. Sudden emotional or physical trauma can cause toxins to accumulate inside the body, and a previously symptom free patient can suddenly show heavy metal toxicity related symptoms.
If you have already decided to have your mercury amalgam fillings removed, you have made an important decision towards enhancing and protecting your health. However, you should know that there are certain risks involved in the removal of this highly toxic metal. That's why you are advised to seek out a biological or a holistic dentist in Preston that has been trained in the proper protocol for the safe removal of mercury amalgam fillings.
Holistic or Organic dentistry comprises taking a different approach to the practice of dentistry. It means looking at a patient as a whole person and addressing any issues from that perspective. Many of the things that happen in the mouth affect the whole body and many things happening to the body have an impact in the mouth. A holistic approach means addressing all of these issues in the process of seeking optimal health.
In Holistic Dentistry we look at the body as one entire system and treat the teeth and gums as one system. We also look at the teeth and gums as a representation of overall body health. For example, bad gums can be related to heart problems, while teeth problems can lead to or be caused by kidney problems.
Amalgam poses health concerns
Even when placed into a cavity filling, mercury vapours are emitted by the amalgam substance. Released in this form, mercury becomes bio accumulative, which means mercury levels build up in the body. These levels can even accumulate in foetuses, as mercury crosses the placenta into the womb. The health risks of mercury in amalgam reach every person, but especially children, nursing infants, and those with kidney deficiencies.
Amalgam damages teeth
When an amalgam restoration is placed, it requires the removal of healthier tooth structure than if other materials were used. The extensive removal of tooth structure, though necessary for amalgam to fit, actually weakens the tooth. Amalgam also expands and contracts with varying temperatures. This process, over time, leads to fractures in teeth that require additional dental work.
Amalgam is not the only choice
At Lane Ends Dental Practice, we strongly emphasis e mercury safe, mercury free, restorative dentistry using bio compatible materials, therefore we don’t support the use of amalgam 'silver' fillings. Our preference is for the use of newer, safer and more biologically friendly materials.
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.
Today, there are a number of materials that can be used for dental restorations instead of amalgam. Modern, tooth-coloured restorations made of durable composite resin or porcelain / ceramics can be bonded to your teeth for a stronger, more natural-looking effect. These revolutionary fillings are virtually undetectable and are easy to apply. Initially tooth-coloured restorations are more expensive than mercury fillings, however in the long term they have been proven far more cost effective.
Your smile really is a sign of health and vitality. Protect your well-being with amalgam alternatives.
You Can also read this article in Lancashire Evening Post in The Health sedition on Monday the 23.rd of September.