The Dangers of Amalgam

There are some important and polarizing issues in the world of dentistry, many of which our patients may not be aware of. Often times there are even two distinct sides involved with a particular issue. As a holistic dentist, we believe that anything that unnecessarily puts our patients at risk is cause for concern, and that’s why we offer safe removal of your mercury or amalgam fillings.

Amalgam is a filling material that consists mainly of mercury (hovering around 50%), and also silver, tin, and copper. We know that mercury is toxic, but did you know it is the most toxic, non-radioactive heavy metal on earth? Keep in mind, that category includes some very poisonous elements, like arsenic and lead.

These fillings are not only a danger to you, but also the environment, dental workers, and unborn children. The World Health Organization has stated that there is no safe level of mercury exposure, and with amalgam fillings you can be exposed to upwards of 27 micrograms a day, or higher depending on personal habits. In 2009, the FDA went so far as to raise amalgam into Class II (moderate risk).

If something is that dangerous, why would we want to put it in our patients’ mouths? The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) has taken a strict stance against the use of mercury fillings, and also looks to assist educating dentists and medical professionals on the safe removal of these dental mercury amalgam fillings.

At Susquehanna Dental Arts, our practice of safe amalgam removal can offer affordable, effective, and cosmetically superior fillings for you. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art mercury separators that can remove at least 98% of the mercury contaminants, while also disposing of them in a safe and environmentally conscious way.

Be sure to check out the video above that demonstrates the dangers of mercury fillings. If you’d like to learn more about the perils of amalgam, or have any questions about this topic, be sure to give us a call by way of the number below, or the contact button above.