Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, Florida
Evidence continues to mount against the potential health risks associated with amalgam fillings. Why? Because the composition of these fillings can contain up to 50 percent mercury, which can release mercury vapors that are absorbed into your bloodstream. These vapors are released whenever you eat, drink, perform oral hygiene or otherwise stimulate your teeth.
Once the mercury vapors enter your system, they can lead to psychological, neurological or immunological problems. Children and fetuses are at the highest risk of developing disorders related to mercury exposure because their brains are still developing. Some reports have linked amalgam fillings to causing a host of health issues ranging from memory loss, depression, anxiety, and mood swing. The level of mercury toxicity is relevant to how many metal fillings you have, and how long you have had them.
Dental mercury also is a major source of pollution, as the mercury in wastewater enters public water treatment systems and converts to methylmercury, a highly toxic form of mercury scientifically proven to negatively affect the function of the brain and nervous system, especially for children. Mercury also can be dangerous if it enters the air, water, and soil—especially as it accumulates over time and mercury levels increase.
Neither the American Dental Association (ADA) nor the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advocated against the use of amalgam in dental work—even though the FDA estimates that this type of dental material has been used for more than 150 years in hundreds of millions of patients.
Despite no firm stance on the matter by the FDA or ADA, phasing out the use of amalgam in dental work has gained popularity in the United States in recent years. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that there is no safe level of mercury exposure, which has prompted many dentists around the world to shift toward a metal-free practice. Campaigns to phase out the use of amalgam in dentistry also have been undertaken in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
If you believe that your old silver fillings may be causing harm to your body or you just want to brighten up your smile by getting rid of them, your Palm Beach Gardens dentist can safely remove the amalgam, and replace it with beautiful, aesthetic composite fill material. Old silver fillings are known to fail over time so be sure to adhere to your routine dental cleanings and checkups. This way, the dentist can keep an eye out for any changes to your metal fillings, and replace them when absolutely necessary.
Complete Oral Care in Palm Beach Gardens
PGA Smiles believes in safeguarding the overall health of our patients, in addition to providing maximum oral health care. As a result, we maintain an amalgam-free environment. We prefer to use composite fillings and only all porcelain dental crowns, which are safer not just for patients, but also our staff and the environment because no additional mercury waste is released. We can also replace older dental work containing amalgam with healthier options. To learn more, call the PGA Smiles office at (561) 627-7090.
PGA Smiles is proud to provide oral health care to patients in the areas of Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens in south Florida.