Mercury-free dentistry involves using white or clear composite resin to fill cavities or removing mercury-based fillings and replacing them with resin. Several studies have shown that the mercury amalgam that has been used for several decades to fill teeth, may actually be causing health issues. Because of this many dentists have turned to more holistic methods of filling teeth.
Mercury vs. Resin
Resin-based sealants are safe and extremely durable. They do not degrade or wear away like mercury fillings. While mercury does work as an effective material for fillings, the possibility that it causes other health conditions has not gone unnoticed in the medical communities. Severe headaches and allergic reactions are sometimes attributed to the presence of mercury in the teeth. Because resin hardens into a non-permeable material that retains its shape and does not shift or wear away, it has proven itself a worthy replacement for mercury amalgam.
Eliminating Mercury Over Time
Because mercury was used extensively in the past, a person may have several mercury fillings in their mouth. Many dentists who specialize in mercury-free dentistry recommend having them replaced over time. This allows the body to gradually adapt to not having the mercury present in the body. It also gives the person time to heal between each procedure.
Consider Mercury-Free Dentistry
If you have unexplained health issues, like recurrent headaches, sinus problems or a metal taste in your mouth after eating certain foods, talk to your dentist about having your mercury fillings replaced. It may be the answer to many of your health problems that would have otherwise gone untreated. Contact us at Ultimate Smile Design in Palm Bay, Florida, to ask about mercury-free dentistry and find out if it is right for you and your family.
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