Removing Silver Amalgam Dental Fillings
Is there still silver in your smile?
Remember years ago, when you would visit your dentist and find out that you had a cavity even though you couldn't see it. You would nervously schedule an appointment to have it filled and return in a week or so.
On your return visit the doctor would fill your tooth to prevent the future problems that could arise from a growing cavity. Upon looking in a mirror however you'd noticed that there was an awful looking silver filling. You almost wished it was still the cavity that you couldn't see.
These metallic fillings were standard practice years ago. Not only are these fillings unattractive, but they contain over 50% mercury. Over time, silver amalgam fillings corrode, leak their contents and blacken not only the fillings but often the healthy tooth structure itself.
Mercury in Health Care - World Health Organization
From the 2005 World Health Organization Policy Paper (PDF) on Mercury in Health Care: "Around 80% of the inhaled mercury vapour is absorbed in the blood through the lungs."
"It may cause harmful effects to the nervous, digestive, respiratory, immune systems and to the kidneys, besides causing lung damage."
"Adverse health effects from mercury exposure can be: tremors, impaired vision and hearing, paralysis, insomnia, emotional instability, developmental deficits during fetal development, and attention deficit and developmental delays during childhood. Recent studies suggest that mercury may have no threshold below which some adverse effects do not occur."
"In 1991, the World Health Organization confirmed that mercury contained in dental amalgam is the greatest source of mercury vapour in non-industrialized settings, exposing the concerned population to mercury levels significantly exceeding those set for food and for air." (Source:http://www.who.int/ipcs/publications/cicad/en/cicad50.pdf)
Download and read the World Health Organization Policy Paper (PDF) on Mercury in Health Care
Dr. Curatola, founder of Rejuvenation Dentistry, explains the concerns about mercury fillings
There is an alternative to silver fillings
We are excited about a new initiative to minimize patients exposure to mercury while maximizing their oral health.
- Special precautions when removing amalgam fillings - nasal oxygen, rubber dams, air vacuums with specially formulated filters in front of patient's face, carefully "chunking out' any old mercury fillings with copious water irrigation, specialized room air filtration system to remove airborne mercury.
- White dental fillings not based on BPA chemistry. (BPA is a known toxin.)
We now have digital radiography. This exposes the patient to one third the normal radiation with better images for an easier and more definitive diagnosis.
We also use natural rinses and toothpastes to facilitate oral health while respecting one's whole body health and safety.
News - Holistic Dentistry Update – October 2015
New evidence and ideas have recently come to light showing an even stronger relationship between overall health and oral health than previously believed. Both of the two main oral disease - gum disease and cavities – have been shown to correlate to overall health. Read more...
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