If you or someone you know has silver fillings, you should read this article!
Silver amalgam fillings, used to replace decayed tooth, can be dangerous. Silver fillings are a mix of mercury, copper, tin, silver and other metals. While all of these are natural elements and people are subjected to them every day, some can cause allergic reactions and expose people to unhealthy levels. This is especially true with mercury, which is why Dr. Chang offers holistic dentistry.
Holistic dentists believe since the body is one unit, your teeth are connected to the overall health of your body, as seen by the chart above. Because of this, one of the most important procedures done by holistic dentist is the safe removal of mercury fillings when there is a need. Such fillings were common at one point. Silver fillings are cheaper and may seem strong. Because they are essentially an alloy made up of dissimilar metals, they can generate galvanic reactions among themselves, and cause corrosion and the release of mercury. But holistic dentists, such as Dr. Chang, recognized their inherent danger.
Some dentists and studies claim that exposure to the mercury in silver fillings don’t propose a threat unless the individual is allergic to the metals. However, most dentists use different, tooth-colored materials now for fillings. If the mercury in silver fillings isn’t a concern for most, why are most dentists using alternative fillings? That is because silver amalgam fillings containing mercury can cause problems.
People are exposed to acceptable doses of mercury everyday through drinking water, soil, and other products. Silver amalgam fillings contain about 50% mercury and do emit mercury as an vaper that is absorbed by the lungs. This combined with the natural everyday exposure to mercury can cause allergic reactions and worse health effects as the mercury levels in the body grow. According to the FDA there aren’t enough studies regarding mercury silver filling’s effect on pregnant women and potential harm to their infants. In addition, higher levels of mercury will not improve your overall health since holistic dentists believe your teeth are connected to the overall health of your body.
If you or someone you know has silver amalgam fillings containing mercury, it might be worthwhile talking with Dr. Chang. Dr. Chang at Evergreen Dental in Alhambra is S.M.A.R.T certified and an accredited member by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology to conduct the safe removal of silver mercury fillings.