Silver/Mercury Dental Amalgam Fillings
Silver-colored fillings are mercury amalgam fillings, and each of these filings are approximately 50% mercury. A number of other countries have banned or limited their use, especially for pregnant women and children. However, dental amalgam fillings are still being used without any patient restrictions in many regions of the world, including in the United States.
Mercury is continuously emitted from dental amalgam fillings, it is absorbed and retained in the body, particularly in the brain, kidney, liver, lung, and gastrointestinal tract. Individual response to the mercury varies. Some of the factors known to potentially impact those exposed to dental mercury include allergies, number of amalgam fillings, genetic predisposition, and many other variables. Additionally, dental mercury and its vapor have been significantly linked to an array of specific health conditions, including the ones listed here:
– Alzheimer’s disease
– Autoimmune disorders
– Cardiovascular problems
– Chronic fatigue syndrome
– Hearing loss
– Kidney disease
– Multiple sclerosis
– Parkinson’s disease
– Periodental disease
– Reproductive dysfunction
Once mercury is released into the air, soil, and/or water, it can pose a threat to wildlife for centuries. Dental amalgam mercury pollution is a major contributor to this danger because dental offices release a significant amount of mercury to waste water each year. Dental mercury is also released to the environment by Amalgam-bearers in human waste, during cremation, and in mercury vapors consistently emitted from the fillings.
Some patients have their silver/amalgam fillings removed because their doctors have recommended it for health reasons. Other patients require the removal of amalgam fillings due to device failure and/or hypersensitivity, while still others opt for the removal of sliver/mercury amalgam feelings for cosmetic purposes or because they prefer to have dental fillings that do not contain mercury.
However, removal of these filings without protective measures can result in unsafe mercury exposures. Based on up-to-date scientific research, there is rigorous recommendations for removing amalgam fillings that assist in reducing the potential negative health effects of mercury exposure to patients, dental professionals, office staff, and others.
For more information contact Promenade Dentistry and set up a complementary consultation.661.222.2242.
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