If you’ve had a raft of cavities cutting across the crown of your teeth, previous appointments with a dentist would have led you to consider closing the gap with fillings – specifically mercury fillings. Issues involving the chemical commonly found in thermometers, however, can prompt you to have them stripped and find alternative ways to cover the gap. Writing for Natural News, Michael Edwards said the so-called silver amalgam fillings may have to go.
Philadelphia residents know about mercury issues as much as people elsewhere in the country. A study by Environment America identified Pennsylvania’s own coal-fired power plants as heavy contributors to the state’s mercury pollution levels. The chemical is already known as a precursor for autoimmune disease and for damaging nerves. When you are concerned that your mercury fillings are a health crisis in the making, a dentist like Dr. Gerald Regni, DMD, isn’t far away to help you.
Understanding the Threat
Having silver fillings expunged from your teeth requires a better understanding of their actual composition. U.S. News and World Report states that a single filling contains around 50% mercury, with the remainder a varied mix of silver, copper, tin and zinc. The real danger though, is when frequent oral activities such as eating and consuming acidic drinks trigger the fillings into generating small mercury vapors, which are themselves lethal in high doses.
Remove and Replace
A silver filling removal session conducted by a preferred dental practitioner will cover all safeguards to ensure no traces of the chemical remain in the teeth. An important device to be used will be a special dam to isolate the tooth from the rest of the tooth set while catching all pieces of the filling. The dentist may use a small scraping tool to gradually chip away the filling; dental burs will be sparingly used to minimize the vapor and shavings spilling out elsewhere in the oral cavity.
When the amalgam is safely dealt with, your dentist will then apply a special resin composite filling to close the crevice. These have been proven to be environmentally-safe and are designed to reinforce the tooth’s strength.
Everyone deserves to maximize their oral functions, and internally-damaged teeth due to silver fillings are a major setback to it. That’s why a Philadelphia dentist who’s personally experienced the pain of silver fillings such as Dr. Regni cares about relieving you of such a burden. Why not schedule your appointment today?
Mercury fillings - Health issues and how to heal from dental amalgams, Natural News
Are Your Dental Fillings Containing Mercury Safe?, U.S. News and World Report
New Report Ranks States and Power Plants for Mercury Pollution, Environment America