It is important to keep the appearance and health of your teeth in good shape, but it is not worth endangering your overall health if mercury fillings are involved. A mercury free dentist will make sure that this unhealthy and dangerous substance gets no where near your mouth.
In the past, many dentists used amalgam to fill in dental cavities. Amalgam consists of several materials, but the most notable one is mercury. These days, most dental offices do not offer amalgam fillings and a mercury free dentist will even offer a procedure to remove them.
What Are the Dangers Associated with Mercury Fillings?
Mercury fillings come with a ton of negative potential health risks. There are a large number of diseases that can develop as a result of this dangerous substance, which is why it is vital to visit a mercury free dentist as soon as possible to get the fillings removed. The problems that can develop include the following:
Vision, Hearing, and Speech Impairment
Infertility and Birth Defects
Memory Loss and Mental Disorders
Numbness in Limbs
Anxiety and Depression
As you can see from the above possible problems, mercury is not a material that you want anywhere near your body. Get to a mercury free dentist immediately by giving us a call. Remember, every single time you chew your food or drink liquids that make contact with the filling a little bit of mercury vapour escapes into the body. It has been discovered that by the time an amalgam filling reaches five years old, the percentage of mercury has dropped by over twenty percent. That percentage is the amount of mercury vapour that is now in your body.
The Mercury Fillings Removal Process
Before a mercury free dentist can begin work on the removal process, they must take the proper precautions in order to avoid exposing mercury to the equipment. The extraction process is quite simple for a mercury free dentist to perform. Powerful special suction motors are used to extract the fumes and old fillings form the mouth. Special rubber dams are used to surround the tooth so that there is prevention of absorption of the mercury during removal.
Keep in mind that the mercury vapour will be prevalent in the mouth during the time of the procedure. Since the removal process is done quickly, there is less of a chance of the body absorbing a significant amount. Keep in mind all precautionary steps are taken to minimize the exposure.
What Alternatives are Available for Mercury Fillings
Once the mercury fillings are completely removed from your mouth, you can start looking into alternatives that your mercury free dentist can use.. There are three main different types of fillings you can look into which include porcelain, gold or plastic (composite). Unlike mercury fillings, which are silver, most fillings use a tooth-coloured material.