Removing and replacing mercury fillings at Natural Dentistry
At Natural Dentistry of Clearwater, Florida, Dr. Beata A. Carlson and Associates focus on ensuring all materials used in the smile are safe and beautiful. When filling areas of decay, other dentists often use a material known as silver amalgam. However, studies continue to show that these types of fillings are harmful to the mouth and body.
What is a silver amalgam filling?
In the past, and even in dental offices today, dentists used silver amalgam, a unique material used to fill cavities and repair cracks and other damage to teeth. Silver amalgam is a combination of metals that include tin, copper, silver, and mercury. The mixture of these components makes it strong and durable to protect your teeth from further decay or damage. However, because of the mercury content, these fillings can harm your health and well-being, not just in the mouth!
Why is mercury harmful?
Mercury is a specific type of metal toxic to humans and can cause severe health problems if ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. It has been linked to neurological damage, vision impairment, headaches, and other health issues. You should be proactive and aware of any mercury-containing materials used in your mouth, such as silver amalgam fillings, which can expose you to mercury and the toxins it can provide.
How can I tell if my teeth have mercury fillings?
The only way to be sure if your teeth have silver amalgam or mercury fillings is to make an appointment with our dentists at Natural Dentistry and have them perform an examination. A visual inspection can also help provide evidence of the presence of these fillings, as silver amalgams are known for having a grayish color in the mouth.
Does insurance cover the removal of silver amalgam and mercury fillings?
Many factors and variables come into play when it comes to dental insurance. All plans are different, so contacting your dental insurance provider regarding your unique plan may be worthwhile to find out if there is coverage for removing and replacing silver amalgam fillings.
Are there any natural alternatives for treating cavities instead of using silver amalgams or mercury fillings?
Our dentists at Natural Dentistry are pleased to provide tooth-colored alternatives using a composite resin bonding material. Not only is this filling perfect for blending in with the natural tooth structure, but it also does not expand and contract as silver amalgam fillings can, which ensures a proper seal to keep bacteria out from the inner canals of the natural tooth.
What type of dental professional removes silver amalgam and mercury fillings safely?
At Natural Dentistry of Clearwater, FL, Dr. Beata A. Carlson and Associates are pleased to provide the removal and replacement of silver amalgam fillings with tooth-colored composite alternatives. If you live in the area and want to speak to our team about addressing mercury toxicity by removing these dangerous fillings, it is time to call the office at 727-888-6929 and visit us at 1825 Sunset Point Road.