If you weren’t aware, more and more countries are discontinuing the practice of amalgam fillings. This is mainly because of the amount of mercury that exists in them. If you had an amalgam filling placed when you were younger, your tooth is actually at higher risk of cracking than if you had composite fillings placed today.
Luckily, your dentist in Los Gatos doesn’t just avoid the use of amalgam fillings, he’ll actually help you remove and replace the amalgam fillings you currently have! To learn why he’s so dedicated to doing so, keep reading. You’ll be glad you had this issue addressed now rather than later.
Amalgam Fillings are Out of Style
Dental amalgam is being address across the world these days. According to the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry and the European Environmental Bureau, amalgam fillings must be phased out of dentistry entirely in order to protect the health and safety of patients around the globe.
After the groups’ two-day summit in Berlin, the European Union (EU) is prepared to begin its three-year plan to end all European amalgam use. They will start by implementing a virtual ban on amalgam for children under 15, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers starting July 1st, 2018. The motion also requires all member states of the EU to issue a national plan to phase down amalgam use by July 1st, 2019.
Why This is Better for Dentistry as a Whole
Amalgam fillings consist of about 50% mercury and between 226 and 322 tons of mercury was used for amalgam in 2015. By banning the use of amalgam fillings, patients and dentists will no longer be exposed to their toxic properties. It also means that mercury will have a significantly smaller chance of polluting the environment as a result of cremation, dental clinic emissions, sludge incineration, and human waste.
Furthermore, resin-based composites have shown to perform equally well and, according to the report, “allow for less tooth destruction, and, as a result, a longer survival of the tooth itself.” It also helps people in low-income and minority communities who are more prone to receive amalgam and be exposed to it’s runoff as a result of living near facilities designed to destroy amalgam materials.
Your Dentist Can Help Remove Your Amalgam Fillings
It’s these reasons that your dentist in Los Gatos is offering services to remove your amalgam fillings and replace them with composite fillings instead. These fillings offer many benefits, including:
- No health risks
- Better protection for your tooth
- Reduced risk of cracks or leakage under your filling
- A filling that blends in seamlessly with your teeth
Don’t put yourself at risk because of your amalgam fillings. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to get new dental fillings in Las Gatos today!
About the Author
Dr. Gregory Sawyer has not used amalgam fillings since 1994, so you can rest assured that he’s been ahead of the times when it comes to his patients’ safety. After earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California, he went on to complete his residency at UCLA in Hospital and General Dentistry. To learn more about his dental fillings treatments and practice, contact him at (408) 402-0900 or visit his website.