Tooth decay is a common yet serious dental issue that affects millions of Americans at almost every age. It is known to cause several health risks, including tooth loss, halitosis, and gum disease. When a cavity is forming, a skilled cosmetic dentist in Philadelphia has to fill it out with a dental filling to prevent the cavity from growing. Unfortunately, the material called “silver amalgam,” which is commonly used for this procedure, is considered to be dangerous by many dentists due to its mercury content.
Mercury is a deadly element with a neurotoxic vapor. It is capable of paralyzing the nervous system by disrupting signaling between neurons, which play a major part in the function of bodily organs. A significant amount of that element is present in silver amalgam, which is placed directly into the oral cavity. According to a May 14, 2014 article for FoxNews.com, the supposed lack of necessity to replace silver amalgam is included in the five common myths that actually put people’s health at risk.
“A lot of patients are not even informed that silver-colored fillings are actually 52 percent mercury,” said Curatola. “There's also research – and it's proven that mercury leeches out over time from these silver fillings – more if you drink hot liquids and chew things. My opinion is that I don’t think any amount of mercury is good, and especially if [these fillings are] breaking down, they should be replaced.”Silver amalgam is now slowly being replaced by composite biocompatible filling material. Although the FDA claims that the product is safe for individuals over the age of six and the scientific community has not reached a consensus on whether or not it should indeed be replaced, it goes without saying that the toxicity of mercury in amalgam should not be taken lightly. It’s a smart decision to prefer the safer alternative if there is any, and the good news is: there is one.
Dentists like Gerald Regni, DMD promote the use of biocompatible restorative materials because of their holistic benefits. They believe that more than just caring for the oral cavity, cosmetic dentistry in Philadelphia should also be concerned with a patients overall health. Replacing amalgam and other products that contain highly toxic elements is one step closer to the fulfillment of this holistic goal.
(Source: 5 Dental Myths That May Be Hurting Your Health, FoxNews.com, May 14, 2014)