Lakewood patients ask, “What is the link between mercury and health defects?”
Mercury is a natural element that exists in the environment, including the earth’s crust. The release of mercury from the earth can be caused by weather affecting the surface of rock, volcanic eruption, or man’s interference, such as mining, industrial development, coal burning, and waste incineration. Individuals are also exposed to mercury through consumption of fish or shellfish.
The various forms of mercury include elemental, inorganic and organic. The level of toxicity found in mercury exposure depends upon several factors:
- The health and age of the person
- How long the exposure lasted
- Whether ingested, inhaled, or in contact with skin
Some of the health concerns that may be linked to mercury, in its various forms, include:
- Birth defects
- Cognitive impairment
- Decrease in peripheral vision
- Tingling sensations in limbs and lips
- Loss of coordination or muscle weakness
- Speech or hearing impairment
Many dentists and patients have become more aware of the risks of mercury exposure. That’s why some dentists have chosen to provide an alternative to the conventional silver-amalgam fillings of the past, which were comprised of 50 percent mercury and 50 percent metal alloy. The mercury and metal alloy were mixed to create a type of putty that was placed into the cavity to stabilize the tooth.
At South Lakewood Dental, serving patients from Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, and surrounding areas, Dr. Scott Stewart is an experienced doctor of dental surgery (DDS) who believes in providing mercury-free dental treatments. Dr. Stewart also offers mercury-safe removal of silver-mercury fillings. Embracing a biological and holistic approach to professional dental care, we use dental materials and treatments that work with the human body’s natural immune system and reduce the risk of long-term health consequences. Our team understands that oral health and wellness is closely tied to physical and systemic wellness. We consider a patient’s entire medical history and look at his or her dental concerns and any potential underlying issues.
For a comprehensive consultation or appointment, contact our Lakewood office today at (855) 233-0023 or use our convenient, online scheduling request system.
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