Did you know that traditional amalgam (silver) fillings are composed of more than 50 percent mercury? After they’re placed, the fillings continually release elemental mercury vapor — the most toxic form of mercury.
At Elevate Dental Wellness, we focus on providing holistic dental care that takes every aspect of your health into account. That’s why Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach offer safe mercury removal at our practice.
How Mercury Affects You
The mercury vapor from an amalgam filling can travel into the lungs and circulatory system, affecting every tissue and organ in your body — including your brain. Mercury also plays a significant role in the development of Alzheimer’s Disease and can bring about other chronic health issues. These may include:
- Heart problems
- Autoimmune disorders
Not every patient with silver fillings will experience the harsh negative effects of mercury poisoning — in fact, many never develop any complications. However, some people are unable to remove mercury from their system.
Understanding safe mercury removal is essential for any dentist that removes your amalgam fillings, as well as any staff members that assist them during the procedure. They’re the ones who need protection the most, as they can be exposed to extremely high levels of mercury vapor each time they remove a filling.
The Benefits of Seeing a Mercury-Free Dentist
Elevate Dental Wellness is a SMART certified dental practice. SMART stands for Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique, the official protocol for removing mercury recommended by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). By following these guidelines, our dentists can ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all our patients.
Once we remove your old filling, we can replace it with a composite filling. These restorations are made from a special tooth-colored resin and customized to blend in with your smile. Best of all, composite fillings don’t contain any mercury, so you can rest easy knowing that your health is protected. Other benefits of composite fillings include:
- A natural bond that strengthens your tooth
- Increased protection from decay
- Preserve more of your natural tooth
- Little to no post-op discomfort
Frequently Asked Questions
Are amalgam fillings safe?
Amalgam, or silver, fillings have been used in dentistry for several decades as an effective treatment for cavities. However, amalgam fillings contain mercury and can release toxic vapor into your body on an ongoing basis. This can lead to a variety of health consequences ranging from heart problems to depression.
While some patients wear silver fillings without any complications, it’s better to be safe than sorry and get a composite filling.
What is SMART?
SMART stands for Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. It’s the official protocol for removing mercury recommended by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). This technique includes extensive instructions and safety guidelines for removing amalgam fillings.
By following SMART guidelines, our dentists can remove old fillings while ensuring that the health of you and our staff is protected.
Why should I visit a mercury-free dentist?
By choosing a mercury-free dentist, you can protect yourself from the potentially harmful effects of mercury poisoning. Not to mention, you can enjoy the natural appearance and enhanced protection of composite, tooth-colored fillings.
Elevate Dental Wellness is a holistic, mercury-free practice. We take pride in offering a safe environment for all of our patients that prioritizes their health above all else.
Elevate Dental Wellness Cares
Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach want to protect you and our dental team from toxic mercury vapors. We practice safe mercury removal each time we remove and replace an amalgam filling.