No More Silver Fillings! The Santa Monica Dentist Explains How Mercury-Free Fillings Keeps You Safe

Written by Dr. Follette on Oct 31, 2017

The recent concern over the presence of mercury in foods and other products may have you wondering about your older amalgam fillings. Today we are discussing why more and more dentists are moving away from this material to mercury-free dentistry.

Are Mercury Fillings Safe?

With the growing concern over the safety of mercury levels in certain foods and other products, the Santa Monica mercury-free dentist has received an increasing number of questions from concerned patients about the mercury contained in their dental fillings. These fillings are referred to as amalgam or sometimes silver fillings, and in addition to other metals, they are composed of about 50% mercury.

Although the FDA has deemed amalgam fillings to be safe for use in dental fillings, there is still quite a bit of controversy surrounding their safety and the impact they may have on one’s overall health because trace amounts of mercury vapor can leak out of these metal fillings over time. Understandably, this has many patients concerned about the use of this material in their own fillings, and especially the safety of amalgam fillings for their children.

Why Do Some Dentists Still Use Amalgam?

The number of amalgam fillings being placed has dropped significantly in recent years, but many dentists still choose to use them. However, we use only mercury-free fillings made of tooth-colored composite materials, porcelain or gold. While a tooth-colored filling is aesthetically appropriate for teeth that are visible, gold is a strong and durable filling for back teeth that withstand tremendous amounts of biting pressure.

Is it Safe to Remove Mercury Fillings?

If you have broken fillings or mercury fillings you may want to consider having them replaced. At the Santa Monica mercury free dentist office, our team is trained in the specialized procedures necessary to safely remove amalgam fillings. Procedure rooms are specifically designed to allow for the safe removal and replacement of old amalgam fillings, including air-filtering systems that safely vent out any trace of mercury vapors.

Your safety is our top priority; we follow strict protocols, are highly trained, and have many years of experience in replacing mercury with healthier, non-toxic materials.

Please Call for More Information

Please contact our office if you have concerns about your amalgam fillings and would like to discuss possibly removing and replacing them.