Mercury free dentistry – it’s likely something that you haven’t heard much about. If you read our post about natural dentistry (also known as biological dentistry), you may remember reading a bit about Elevate being 100% mercury free and mercury safe. But what does that even mean?
Before we begin, we should probably explain a bit about natural dentistry. Basically, it’s concerned with the effects of dental procedures, techniques, and materials on your body. Natural, or biological dentistry is fluoride-free, mercury-free, and mercury-safe. Why? Because many materials contain substances (like mercury) that can have a dangerous effect on some people and their bodies.
What is mercury free dentistry?
With mercury free dentistry, dentists avoid using materials, like amalgam, that can cause a health hazard for their patients and the dental staff. If a need arises to remove a filling that contains mercury, special precautions are taken to reduce exposure to mercury. Different techniques, barriers, and instruments (among other things) are used to help protect you and your dentist, and the environment from the mercury vapor and fragments that come from the process of removing the filling.
Why is mercury free dentistry important to my overall health?
Amalgam is a material that some dentists use for tooth fillings, and it’s made from mercury, silver, copper and tin. So if dentists use it, what’s the problem? Mercury is an extremely toxic substance, and even the tiniest amount of it in your system can cause harm. On top of that, amalgam fillings release a continuous stream of mercury vapor into your body. It can actually accumulate over time, because as the body ages, it slowly loses its effectiveness at binding and removing mercury.
One mercury atom can cause harm, and amalgam fillings are the biggest source of mercury exposure. That exposure can directly and indirectly contribute to and increase the risk of diseases and health issues. It can effect everything from your emotions, to your digestive system, and even your allergies. Overexposure to mercury has even been linked to diseases like Alzheimer’s, Autism, and Multiple Sclerosis. It’s nothing to scoff at – it greatly affect your quality of life and your future.
What does Elevate Dental Wellness do to lessen the effects of mercury?
At Elevate Dental Wellness in Basalt, Colorado, Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach follow policies and procedures developed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and the International Academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine (IABDM), and Elevate is 100% mercury free and mercury safe. As a natural dentistry practice, Elevate Dental Wellness avoids materials and procedures that could cause harm to patients. And, while we’ll never encourage you to have your amalgam fillings removed in the absence of a mercury allergy or a filling that is breaking down, we do encourage you to do your research on the topic. If we do work with you to remove an amalgam filling, we take every precaution available to protect you, our staff, and the environment from harm.