Mercury is an extremely toxic metal for the human body and it is known to cause health hazards. Unfortunately, there are too many people who are living with amalgam fillings, some without even realizing it.
Silver amalgam fillings typically contain only 35 percent silver while over half of the filling is made of mercury.
Dental fillings that contain mercury continuously emit mercury vapor, which accumulates in the body over time while also having a negative effect on the environment.
Composite, mercury-free fillings are now used instead of amalgam fillings, and they actually bond to the teeth better, making for a stronger tooth structure while reducing the risk of cracked or sensitive teeth.
Removing Mercury Fillings
You are unlikely to find a holistic dentist who uses mercury, silver, or amalgam fillings. But it’s also important to find a dentist who knows how to properly remove and dispose of existing mercury fillings.
When the mercury dental fillings are heated, the vapor is released at an even faster rate. This means that the mercury filling removal process needs to include air quality control so that the patient, dentist, and staff are not harmed.
Likewise, the grindings from removed mercury fillings should never touch the gums, cheeks, or floor of the mouth.
Holistic dentists follow the proper mercury removal treatment protocols so that the disposal of this hazardous waste is also not harmful to the environment.
Saying “No” to Mercury
Dr. Vladimir Gashinsky was one of the first holistic dentists to install a mercury separator in his office in order to filter mercury from waste water leaving the office rather than taxing water treatment plants. These systems are now mandatory throughout New Jersey and other regions nationwide.
When visiting a dentist, be sure that you are seeing one who practices mercury-free dentistry and not just mercury-safe dentistry. Contact Dr. G today to discuss removing and replacing existing amalgam fillings, or having a new cavity treated.