- January 20, 2016
Not all fillings are created equal.
Sure, they get the job done just the same, more or less, but it’s what’s in them that matters to you – not just for your own health, but for your family’s.
At Nashua Area Family Dentistry, we sidestep the debate and potential dangers of using mercury-free, non-amalgam fillings altogether by only offering state-of-the-art composite fillings.
That’s another way of saying that we don’t use mercury in our fillings, and for a number of reasons.
There’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get started.
Isn’t That The Dangerous Stuff In Thermometers?
For a long time, dentists have used liquid mercury as a bonding agent, which strengthens the other, powdered metals within a typical amalgam filling, making it extremely durable.
But in recent years, there has been greater public awareness in the ingredients of the food we eat and the medicines we take. It’s just a sign that people are becoming more aware of what they put into their bodies. It’s a good, good thing.
What happens when society becomes better educated can cause shifts in how business and medicine is practiced. We believe in keeping up with the times, not fighting them.
Mercury itself is extremely dangerous to humans. It is the culprit of dozens of dangerous health conditions in humans, and is extremely dangerous when not handled carefully.
Although the Food and Drug Administration has found no scientific link between mercury-based amalgam fillings and any ill effects on the human body, those studies have only been tested on adults and children older than six years.
Other studies claim that, when mercury-amalgam fillings become cracked – whether by accident or during a filling removal or replacement process – they can release mercury vapor that is shown to increase the levels of mercury in the bloodstream.
And because metals like those contained in an amalgam filling expand and contract based on temperature, there is a risk of discomfort during that process, as well as the likelihood of “microleakage” of either mercury vapors or small metal particles. Over time, this can allow bacteria to sneak beneath the filling and cause rapid tooth decay.
The FDA also acknowledges that there is little to no information about the effects of mercury-amalgam fillings on pregnant women or children under six-years-old.
While the jury is still out on those potential health risks on fetal and child health, we can understand your reluctance to gamble with your health and the health of your child.
That’s why we don’t use them. It’s just that simple.
And as a parent myself, I wouldn’t take any risks with my children’s health, either, especially when it comes to the integrity of their smiles.
Better For The Environment
But the damage that mercury-amalgam fillings can cause doesn’t stop with just our bodies. Some reports suggest that dentists who use mercury fillings contribute more than any other source to mercury pollution found in local water supplies all across the country.
It’s irresponsible, both to the earth, and to our children’s future.
Just as we don’t believe in polluting the environment, we don’t think you should have to pollute your mouth just to improve the quality and the health of your smile.
So What’s the Alternative?
Thanks to advances in dental technology, you no longer have to settle for mercury-amalgam fillings.
My team and I only use the best, most advanced composite materials on the market to craft fillings that are both comfortable and strong. Nashua Area Family Dentistry is leading the charge to make dentistry mercury-free without sacrificing quality care and better smiles.
Because our composite fillings don’t contain metals, that means no painful expansion or contraction of the fillings in hot or cold temperatures, as well. Your filling should be a source of comfort, not a cause for concern.
One of the aesthetic advantages to amalgam-free fillings is that they are nearly identical to the coloring of your natural teeth. That means a more organic, beautiful smile that doesn’t look like it came out of a laboratory.
If you or your child need a filling to end their suffering, or you want an amalgam filling removed or replaced, my team and I are standing by to fill in the gaps that other dentists often miss – and protecting your family’s health in the process.
Call us at 603-546-7460 to schedule an appointment, or simply fill out this easy form to request an appoint with us online.