Why Are Mercury Fillings Toxic?
Protecting Your Health with Metal-Free Dentistry
Mercury is a heavy metal. When exposed to high levels of it, it can harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, and immune system. Symptoms of mercury poisoning include sensory impairment, difficulties with peripheral vision, and troubles with co-ordination. Exactly which symptoms you experience, and to what degree, will depend on the degree of exposure.
Some organizations believe the levels of mercury in amalgam fillings to be safe, but ongoing research suggests otherwise. This is our position at Hagerty Dentistry. Mercury is a known neurotoxin, and even if some dentists still use it, we’re not going to use anything that will, or could, compromise either your health or the health of the people most important to you. Our Lansing dental office will not take any chances with your health. Instead of using metal fillings, we use safe, durable composite resin for fillings. For crowns, we use all-porcelain restorations.
Composite vs. Amalgam Fillings
Amalgam fillings contain metals like silver, zinc, copper, tin, and mercury. For a long time, they were popular as a treatment for cavities. Recently, though, dentists have abandoned amalgam fillings for composite fillings–and not just because they don’t contain mercury.
Composite fillings are also known as tooth-colored fillings, because they can tinted to blend in with the natural color of your smile. Composite fillings are also more supportive of your tooth's structure. They won't weaken or change shape over time, the way amalgam fillings do. As a result, your smile is less vulnerable to bacterial reinvasion or sensitivity.
Similarly, porcelain crowns offer patients durable results that look natural and will last for years to come.
Do you have questions about mercury or mercury-free dentistry? Give us a call with your questions. Our comfortable dental office serves patients from Lansing, Grand Ledge, Holt, Okemos, East Lansing, and neighboring communities with comprehensive dental care in a spa-like atmosphere.