Why patients choose Sonoma dentist Dr. Smida for amalgam removal
A different view of dental materials
One of the signatures of holistic dentistry is the avoidance of amalgam, also referred to as “silver fillings.” Should you require repair of a filling, you will receive care involving a metal-free option such as composite or possibly porcelain, depending on the extent of restoration needed. Avoidance of the use of dental amalgam is directly related to the inclusion of mercury in this material. Though an amalgam filling cures once it is placed in a tooth, that does not mean the mercury becomes inert. On the contrary, vapors that leak from amalgam fillings have been shown to raise a number of concerns.
Research on mercury in dental amalgam has been conducted for several years, and it has revealed some significant facts:
- The use of mercury has been banned in numerous countries due to its classification as a neurotoxin, which means that its effects are seen in the nervous system.
- Because the body has no natural detoxification mechanism against mercury, no amount of exposure is safe.
- Amalgam fillings are a constant source of mercury exposure, and this leads to accumulation of the toxin throughout the body, including the brain.
- The more fillings a person has, the higher mercury levels are in the brain.
- Some of the health concerns linked to amalgam include heart disease, anxiety, lupus, and insomnia.
- Only one naturally-occurring substance is classified as more toxic than mercury.
What about existing fillings?
A larger percentage of dentists today are avoiding the use of mercury, but what can be done with amalgam fillings have been in the mouth for years? These restorations pose a threat to general health and wellness, but standard removal only increases exposure to toxic mercury. Dr. Smida has been trained in a precise protocol for amalgam removal that minimizes risks. The step-by-step process developed by members of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology includes details such as high-volume suction, filtration, and a unique cutting technique, which replaces drilling.