Avoid mercury poisoning with composite fillings

Dr. Scott Stewart at South Lakewood Dental helps to avoid mercury poisoning with composite fillings.

As a mercury-free and mercury-safe practice in the Denver metro, South Lakewood Dental prides itself in responsible handling and removal of this metal, and in the safe restoration of damaged teeth with nontoxic dental materials.

Why the fuss over mercury?

While you can’t avoid some exposure in the air, water, and foods such as swordfish, mercury poisoning can occur quickly or build up over time. Mercury’s ill effects take on many different forms, including:

  • Mood and cognitive disorders
  • Impaired vision
  • Muscle wasting
  • Speech impairment
  • Birth defects
  • Inflammation

You may be exposed to mercury through silver fillings. These fillings, which have been used in the U.S. since the 19th century, are made from an amalgam of metals including mercury. Due to the presence of elemental mercury, these fillings are banned in some countries.

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology minimizes mercury exposure during the removal of silver fillings by establishing standards that are followed by Dr. Stewart for the safety of his patients, staff, and to prevent mercury from being released into the environment.

Mercury poses many risks. For those with silver fillings, mercury can be absorbed daily through the amalgam placed in the area of decay to rebuild the damaged tooth. Signs of mercury poisoning may include:

  • Metallic taste
  • Nausea
  • Tremors
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Neuromuscular deficiency

At higher exposure, mercury is associated with kidney, respiratory, heart, and vascular problems. Dr. Stewart and his team don’t share these risks to be alarmist; the public should be aware of the potential dangers that affect the quality of life. As a holistic dental practice, it is South Lakewood Dental team’s responsibility to partner with you for the good of your oral and overall health, and silver fillings have no business being in your mouth!

Call (855) 233-0023 to schedule an appointment in Lakewood.

 

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