February 22, 2018
Amalgam (metal) fillings have been used in dentistry for well over a century. The material is long-lasting and relatively inexpensive, and it has been used to treat hundreds of millions of cavities over the years. But just because something is popular, does that mean it’s good? In fact, it’s best to avoid metal fillings if at all possible. Your holistic dentist serving Dallas lists five reasons why you should skip them and opt for other filling materials instead.
Mercury Is Extremely Toxic
Dental amalgam contains silver, tin, copper, and mercury — yes, mercury. This filling material is about 50 percent elementary mercury by weight. While the amalgam is in a person’s mouth, it releases low levels of this toxic metal in the form of vapor. Inhaling it can lead to several significant health problems, including:
- Weight loss
- Emotional instability
- Respiratory issues
The more amalgam fillings you have, the greater your risk of suffering adverse effects from them.
Your dental health is certainly much more important than the way your teeth look. However, no one wants to have an unattractive smile. Metal fillings are much darker than the natural color of your teeth, making them stick out like a sore thumb. They may also become tarnished, leading to permanent stains on your teeth.
Long-Term Performance Problems
Metal fillings may last for up to 15 years, but in many cases they suffer performance issues along the way. Not only do they leak mercury, but they may also allow bacteria to sneak around them. This issue can lead to decay in the tooth around the filling, especially since your toothbrush can’t reach into those tiny spaces to clean out the bacteria.
Danger of Tooth Breakage
In addition to increasing your risk of cavities and systemic health problems, mercury fillings may also increase the risk that your teeth will break. That’s because the metal expands and contracts with temperature changes. Also, chewing continually on the filling places pressure on it, which in turn places pressure on your teeth and can lead to cracks. These issues are most common in teeth that have old, large metal fillings.
Use of mercury in dental amalgam and in other products poses a significant risk to the environment. It may leak into water sources, poisoning fish and the plants around the water. Bioaccumulation is also a concern; this occurs when organisms that have mercury in them get consumed by other organisms. As a result, the amount of mercury increases in animals that are higher up on the food chain.
Your Holistic Dentist Provides Metal-Free Fillings
Your holistic dentist serving Dallas is proud to offer metal-free restorations. Using a dental resin, Dr. Langston can restore your teeth in a way that is good for you, good for the environment, and aesthetically pleasing. If you have old mercury fillings that you’d like to have replaced, he would be happy to do that as well.
Don’t underestimate the dangers of dental amalgam. Choose mercury-free dentistry for a smile that is strong, attractive, and healthy.
About the Dentist
Dr. William Langston is a holistic dentist who is passionate about using techniques that are beneficial, not just for his patients’ teeth, but also for their overall well-being. If you’d like to learn more about him and his practice, please contact our office at 972-270-6533.
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