I have a mouth full of silver fillings and just learned that they are mostly made of mercury. I asked my dentist if we can switch them out for the non-mercury kind. He said they’re more likely to cause problems if I take them out than if I leave them in. Is that true? Now that I know what they’re made of it makes me very uncomfortable.
You aren’t alone in your feelings of discomfort regarding the mecury content in amalgam (silver) fillings. More and more patients have the same concern.
While your dentist is right that some mercury is released in the removal process, there is a procedure which allows dentists to safely remove amalgam fillings without exposing patients to the mercury.
If you go to a mercury-free dentist they will know what is called a sanitary amalgam removal. It uses a stopper dam as well as a vent to keep you from inhaling any mercury vapors.
Do You Need to Switch to a Mercury-Free Dentist?
There is no need to swtich dentists simply to have your amalgam fillings switched for composite (white) fillings. You could just go in for the procedure, have your work done, then go back to your regular dentist.
The only thing which concerns me is your dentist doesn’t seem to be keeping up with the times.
It is important your medical caregivers are passionate about their field and do everything they can to keep up with the latest developments. I’m not sure your dentist is one of them.
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