Dental amalgam has been used for over 150 years to restore decayed teeth. What we commonly call a “silver” filling is actually a mixture of several metals: liquid mercury and a powdered alloy of silver, tin and copper. By weight, dental amalgam is 50% elemental mercury.
While dental amalgam is still used in the US, the substance has been banned in Germany, Norway, and Sweden.
A Documented Danger
Elemental mercury releases low levels of mercury vapor. These levels increase when you chew. Because these vapors originate in the mouth, they are easily inhaled. The inhalation of mercury vapor in high concentrations has been shown to negatively impact the central nervous system and the kidneys.
Elemental mercury can cross the blood-brain barrier and pass through the placenta to the fetus. It’s also been found in breast milk.
Organization such as the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT) and the World Health Organization (WHO) advocate the discontinuation of amalgam fillings due to mercury exposure and potential toxicity. Dr. Amer concurs with the recommendations of these organizations and feels that no level of mercury exposure is safe for oral and overall health.
Keeping You Safe…and Comfortable!
To remove the threat of danger from mercury, Dr. Amer removes amalgam fillings at her office in Tustin. She follows the protocol set forth by the IAOMT, which includes the use of an advanced vacuum system, a state-of-the-art filtration system, and fresh-air ventilation to minimize your exposure to mercury vapors and particles as they are being removed.
For your complete comfort during your amalgam removal and to eliminate the anxiety that many people feel at the thought of dental work, Dr. Amer administers safe, soothing sedation. You’ll experience total relaxation of mind and body while Dr. Amer removes your amalgam fillings and reduces the risk to your current and long-term health.
A Proven Solution to Replace Silver Fillings
To restore newly diagnosed dental decay and to replace hazardous amalgam fillings, Dr. Amer uses safe, long-lasting composite resin fillings, as well as metal-free zirconium crowns.
Biocompatible composite resin bonds completely with natural tooth structure to provide outstanding protection and form an impenetrable bond against decay-causing bacteria. Dr. Amer will tint the resin to match your natural tooth color before bonding it in place for a seamless finish.
Zirconium crowns contain no metal, so you won’t see a dark line at the base of your restoration. The material is strong, safe, and durable. Zirconium crowns mimic the translucency of real tooth enamel for a completely natural appearance.
Composite resin fillings and zirconium crowns restore the health, function, and appearance of compromised teeth and encourage optimal oral and overall health.
Experience worry-free amalgam removal for a healthy smile and total wellbeing. Contact Fresh Leaf Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amer.