Silver amalgam fillings have been extensively used in dentistry for over a century. Scientific researchers have found strong links regarding the health hazards associated with them. Thousands of patients have these in their mouth. But they are also seemingly unaware of their potential health hazards. Many western countries have stopped silver amalgam filling and doctors advocate their replacement.
50% Mercury along with silver, tin & other trace elements. Together these metals form an alloy.
Mercury is a highly toxic element. It is also an established neurotoxin. Our bodies have no requirement for it & should be avoided. Also, FDA (2009), has classified mercury in Class II risk category. Your mouth should be the last place on earth, where you would want such a toxin.
MERCURY LEAKAGE FROM SILVER FILLING?
It is an established fact that mercury vapor is released from silver fillings. The Mayo Clinic states that mercury (2-20 microgram/day – way higher than the permissible limit) is released from these fillings whenever mechanically stimulated (chewing food). Every time an individual chews, mercury from these fillings is released into that person’s body. Also, consuming hot beverages could make matters worse, as the heat can cause more mercury release.
LINK WITH HEALTH PROBLEMS
Several studies conducted in Sweden demonstrated that when people with existing health issues (ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease etc), got their silver amalgam fillings removed, 78% reported improvement in health status. The Swedish government (1994) banned silver amalgam.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF MERCURY EXPOSURE
To list a few – emotional instability, irritability, mood changes, depression, loss of appetite, hair loss, general weakness, chronic-fatigue type symptoms, cardiovascular, neurological & respiratory problems, skin changes, insomnia, tremors etc. Read More
WHY WE DONT RECOMMEND SILVER AMALGAM FILLING?
- Have associated health hazards.
- Do not bond with teeth.
- Expand over time, leading to cracks & leaks.
- Don’t look natural & esthetic.
- Contribute to environmental pollution.
SHOULD I REPLACE MY SILVER AMALGAM FILLING?
In the light of above information, we recommend and practice Mercury Safe Dentistry.
Dr.Manthan Desai MDS
Smiles Dental Clinic-Centre For Advanced Dentistry, Mumbai.