Dental amalgam has been used in dentistry for more than 200 years. It was developed to provide an affordable solution to tooth decay; however, studies have linked the material to a number of health conditions. In addition to seeking safe amalgam filling removal, it is important to understand the biocompatible alternatives to the material such as porcelain and composite resin. Well-respected dentists Dr. Judith A. Whitcomb are happy to explain the potential dangers of amalgam and why it may need to be removed. The dentists offer a mercury free environment at their practice, Nashua Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, P.L.L.C.
Amalgam is composed of about half mercury,a potent neurotoxin, as well as other metals including tin and nickel. Safer alternatives are composite resin and porcelain. Composite resin is a biocompatible material that bonds to the tooth. Its strength, versatility, and natural appearance can make it an ideal treatment for restoring a tooth. Porcelain is translucent and mimics the light reflected from natural tooth enamel. Both composite resin and porcelain blend nicely with the smile.
Dr. Whitcomb have more than 30 years of experience providing safe, conservative, and high-quality treatments. They are highly sought after for their caring nature and mercury free procedures that provide excellent results. They understand amalgam fillings can negatively affect people of all ages. Mercury exposure has been linked to health conditions affecting immune, urinary, digestive, respiratory, and cardiac systems.
Expectant mothers who have amalgam fillings may put their unborn children at risk. When chewing food, mercury vapor is released from amalgam fillings into the body. This can lead to developmental and learning disorders among children as well as autism. Nursing mothers can also expose their babies to mercury.
Dr. Whitcomb are members of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, which sets strict protocols for safe removal and disposal of amalgam fillings. They are mindful of the effect dental materials such as amalgam can have on patients’ overall health and prefer the most conservative treatments. They can place patients onto a path toward optimal oral and overall health. To learn more about the mercury free services the Nashua Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, P.L.L.C. team offers, call (855) 363-3793.