Many adults probably have silver fillings in their back teeth. For years, dentists relied on amalgam fillings, referred to by patients as silver fillings, to repair cavities in teeth. The problem with mercury fillings is that we are now seeing adverse health conditions associated with the mercury contained in the filling material.
The fact that mercury is toxic is no surprise to most of us. But, did you know that mercury is one of the main components of silver fillings? If you have any of these fillings in your teeth from years past, the material slowly releases mercury vapor, which is absorbed into the bloodstream, and carried throughout the body and into your organs. Research has linked mercury toxicity to mental problems and chronic diseases such as dementia, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Some studies have even linked mercury fillings to autoimmune diseases, mood disorders, and neurological problems.
Other associated illnesses include:
- Immune system dysfunction or cancer
- Cardiovascular conditions
- Stomach or digestive problems
- Hormonal imbalances
- Reproductive difficulties
- Oral health issues
- Vision or hearing problems
Since the health effects of dental amalgam are so far reaching, there could even be other issues that have yet to be discovered or linked to these harmful fillings.
Replacing amalgam fillings
Why leave these toxic fillings in your mouth? Dental advancements have brought us tooth-colored composite fillings made of a resin material that is safe and non-toxic. Not only are composite fillings safer for your health but they are also better for your teeth. Composite fillings can expand and contract at the same rate as your teeth when subjected to temperature changes. However, mercury fillings do not, which cause teeth to crack and break.
At University Dental Professionals, we use metal-free dentistry including composite fillings. If you have old silver fillings that you would like to have removed, we can help. We employ safety precautions when removing silver fillings, which helps reduce your risk of further exposure to toxic mercury. After completely removing the mercury from your teeth, the results of your new composite fillings will blend in naturally. No more grayish looking teeth when you laugh or smile! Plus, your body and your health will thank you.
It is important that you see a dentist in Hyde Park that can safely remove metal fillings without posing a health risk to you. Not every dentist will take the necessary safety steps to ensure no amount of amalgam enters your body.
You may have some of these old fillings in your teeth, and eventually they will fall out or cause the tooth itself to break. When this occurs, it is a good time to go ahead and get a metal-free restoration such as a composite filling or even a porcelain crown, depending on the extent of the damage, to repair your tooth.
Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings in Chicago
To schedule an appointment for composite fillings, contact University Dental Professionals by calling (773) 684-5702 to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients from the Hyde Park area of Chicago.