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Can Dental Fillings Cause Mercury Poisoning?

November 23, 2020 8:00 am | Published by

Your mouth is a gateway to the rest of your body. Because of this, it’s important to be careful of what you consume in your diet and what you put into your mouth.

At Optima Dental Spa, we practice transparency in the dental materials and tools we use in our dental procedures. If you ever have questions about our sanitation practices or the materials we use in our treatments, please let us know!

In this blog post, we delve into the details of dental fillings, covering both amalgam fillings and composite fillings.

Silver-Colored Dental Fillings

Traditional dental fillings are made using a material called dental amalgam. It is a combination of metals such as silver, tin, copper, and mercury. These fillings are durable, inexpensive, and deemed generally safe by many organizations, including the American Dental Association, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Alzheimer’s Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Autism Society of America, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The form of mercury in dental amalgam is not the same kind of mercury (methylmercury) that builds up in certain kinds of fish, which can cause health problems. Our team prefers tooth-colored composite fillings because silver-colored fillings are not natural-looking and can be very noticeable in patient’s smile, negatively affecting their confidence. Additionally, even if scientific evidence has not proven that vapor from the mercury in dental amalgam is harmful, we would rather be safe than sorry!

The Benefits of Composite Fillings

At Optima Dental Spa, we proudly offer composite dental fillings. Composite fillings are tooth-colored and withstand the daily wear and tear from chewing. So not only are they safe and durable but they also blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile!

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