Why should I consider safe mercury removal?
In the past, and still today, many dentists placed fillings made of silver amalgam. While this is still considered safe by the US Food and Drug Administration, mercury-safe dentists are finding repeated studies showing that the placement and maintenance of these fillings can lead to certain health risks. Dr. Beth Skovron and her team at Heritage Dental in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania, can educate you on the issues and concerns with these fillings and what can be done to replace them.
The concerns associated with silver amalgam fillings
Dr. Skovron and her team take the health of their patients very seriously. One of the concerns they have surrounding silver amalgam fillings is that they contain high levels of mercury. Although these levels are considered low, and within safe limits according to the FDA, research has linked long-term exposure to mercury and mercury fillings to respiratory and neurological side effects. Silver amalgam fillings also tend to wear down over time, which can lead to decreased oral hygiene due to bacteria buildup around the edges. This could potentially increase a patient’s risk of developing cavities or gum disease.
In addition to the health concerns, many of our patients prefer alternative composite resin fillings rather than silver amalgam ones because they perceive them as more aesthetically pleasing.
Do I need to remove the amalgam fillings and have them replaced?
Dr. Skovron always discusses all treatment options with her patients and can advise patients on safe amalgam removal and replacement. A mercury-safe dentist such as Dr. Skovron will ensure that the removal of these fillings will be done in a way to reduce any risks to the patient and dental team. This includes the vapors associated with mercury fillings which can be harmful. They follow IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) SMART technique.
Who is a mercury-safe dentist in the area that can remove amalgam fillings?
Our team at Heritage Dental in Montgomeryville, PA, is here to help with the safe removal and replacement of amalgam fillings. If you live in or around Lansdale and Horsham, PA, and want to speak with Dr. Beth Skovron about your fillings, call (215) 792-2227 to request a visit at the office located at 595 Bethlehem Pike, Suite #302.