Mercury linked to Alzheimer’s?

Amalgam fillings contain mercury, and are speculated to be hazardous to your health…

A large component (around 50%) of amalgam fillings is mercury, and according to some medical researchers amalgam fillings are one of the major sources of heavy metal toxicity. In an articles that talks about hints and tips for avoiding Alzheimer’s Disease does mention this as the second phase—the first phase being a healthy diet. The problem with these sorts of studies however is that research on amalgam fillings is still ongoing. There is in fact much debate still circling in academic and medical circles.

In our previous blogs we have looked at the ongoing debate surrounding the issue of some dentists still using amalgam fillings and the dangers of amalgam fillings. Last month we looked at how 23 organisations from around the world asking for a date for the phasing-out of mercury amalgam. While all this research and debate is good for the furthering of medical science and the welfare of the public, it looks like a debate that is going to be around for a while. At Tewantin Dental Centre all we can recommend is that if you are unsure about your amalgam fillings please feel free to come in and we will examine your fillings for you.

Safe amalgam removal at Tewantin Dental Centre…

The contemporary white fillings are much better than silver amalgam fillings. White fillings are a durable and safe alternative to amalgam fillings and are colour-matched to the shade of your teeth. Unlike amalgam fillings, white fillings do not cause any further damage to the tooth structure. Once the cavity is filled the white filling restoration can be shaped and polished. Another benefit is that white fillings are not sensitive to hot and cold and do not react to these temperature changes like amalgam fillings do.

The removal of amalgam fillings involves extensive precautionary methods to guarantee that the amalgam filling procedure is as safe as possible. Mercury is one of the most toxic elements, which is why it is so important to visit a dentist that undertakes the necessary precautions when extracting the mercury fillings.
The removal of amalgam fillings must always follow three protocols:

  1. A rubber dam must be used when performing amalgam removal to ensure that our patients do not ingest any of the hazardous material.
  2. Additionally, a high suction is used to avoid mercy recirculation.
  3. Medical air may also be administered to prevent any mercury vapour being inhaled during the procedure.

Whether you want to get your amalgam fillings removed is up to you. We do recommend that if you are unsure please do come in for a consultation and we can assess the condition of your mercury fillings. We can say that in terms of comfort, white fillings are far better—amalgam fillings expand and contract in differing temperatures which can cause your tooth to either split or crack. If the crack goes below the gum line, a crown won’t be able to save your tooth and you will need a tooth extraction.

For more information on safe amalgam filling removal, or to book an appointment at our conveniently located dental practice in Tewantin, please do not hesitate to contact us.