Mercury Free DentistryAmalgam has long been the material of choice for dental fillings. These fillings are comprised of a combination of metals, which are bonded by mercury. Each amalgam filling is approximately 50 per cent mercury. There are many dentists who find no problem with amalgam fillings. Based on research findings, we do not agree.
Amalgam is not environmentally friendlyAmalgam releases toxins into the environment by way of water, air, and land. During dental treatments, amalgam particles are exposed of in the water supply. Mercury vapours from this material are released during treatment, exposing both patients and the dental staff to toxins. These vapours are also emitted in regular respiration, and are breathed in by the person with the filling. Residual amalgam reaches our soil in landfills.
It has been said that the mercury contained in dental fillings is "the safe form". However, once released into the environment, dental mercury is able to convert to methylmercury, the more toxic form. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stated that environmental mercury is dangerous, linked to neurological problems, especially in children and unborn babies. Major dental organisations, however, continue to stand behind this substance.
Amalgam poses health concernsEven when implanted into a cavity filling, mercury vapours are emitted by the amalgam substance. Released in this form, mercury becomes bioaccumulative, which means mercury levels build up in the body. These levels can even accumulate in fetuses, as mercury crosses the placenta into the womb. The health risks of mercury in amalgam reach every person, but especially fetuses, children, nursing infants, and those with kidney deficiencies. The U.S. FDA even concedes that there are neurotoxic effects with mercury vapour, and that children are especially vulnerable due to their developing systems.
Amalgam damages teethWhen an amalgam restoration is placed, it require the removal of more healthy tooth structure than if other materials were used. The extensive removal of tooth structure, though necessary for amalgam to fit, actually weakens the tooth. Amalgam also expands and contracts with varying temperatures. This process, over time, leads to fractures in teeth that require additional dental work.
Amalgam is not the only choiceToday, there are a number of materials that can be used for dental restorations instead of amalgam. Alternative materials include composite resin, glass ionomers, and even ceramic. The development of these materials makes it unnecessary to use amalgam in any dental situation.
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