The importance of safe mercury filling removal in the Fort Lauderdale area
For well over a century, dentists have repaired teeth with dental amalgam, a material developed as an alternative to gold fillings. At the time of development, there was little research to indicate potential problems with the substances contained in dental amalgam. Today, there are multiple studies that point to the dangers of mercury, the substance the binds the metals in amalgam. Due to the evidence which has identified the biological and environmental dangers of mercury, many people seek an alternative for dental restoration. Additionally, there are thousands upon thousands of individuals with existing amalgam fillings who wish to have them removed and replaced with mercury-free restorations. In many dental offices, the standard protocol is to leave “intact” amalgams in place. Without proper precautions, this could be the best advice an untrained dentist can give. In the office of your holistic dentist, however, there is the option for safe mercury filling removal. If you live in the Fort Lauderdale area and want to address the issue of unwanted amalgam fillings, we invite you to contact our office for consultation.
What is the problem with mercury?
For decades, mercury in its various forms has been studied. As the toxicity of this natural substance became better understood, its use in household and commercial products such as thermometers ceased. In addition to mercury itself, the vapors from this material, such as those released from amalgam fillings, are also seen as problematic. From amalgam fillings, mercury vapors are continually released, with escape increasing with chewing. The release of mercury particles also increases significantly if an amalgam filling is removed in the standard drilling procedure.
The size of the mercury particles released during the drilling process are so small that they can easily reach the deep tissues of the lungs. Over several days, mercury is absorbed by the body and will accumulate in various areas, such as the brain. This form of exposure, suggested by research, can reach one hundred times that of exposure from an intact filling.
A safer protocol followed by your Fort Lauderdale holistic dentist
There are dentists who have maintained a consistent view that dental amalgam is a dangerous substance that should not be used for tooth repair. Dr. Cintron, in addition to using mercury-free fillings, also follows the strict protocol of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology when removing existing amalgams. In our office, we take several precise steps, such as cutting and cooling filling material, to decrease mercury exposure and guard our patient’s health.
Replacing amalgam fillings with mercury-free alternatives makes sense for many reasons. Call the office of Dr. Yolanda Cintron at (855) 381-6001.