In any field where people’s health and well-being are involved, controversy will arise. For example, there is a lot of controversy today over the use of mercury in dental work. While the use of mercury in dental fillings has been supported by the ADA, other countries such as Austria, Canada, Germany, Denmark and Sweden have banned or highly discouraged mercury fillings. With conflicting reactions to the use of mercury in dentistry, we believe that you shouldn’t be haunted by doubt and uncertainty over the safety of your dental work. This is why at Belmont Dental Care we provide mercury-free dentistry.
What is Mercury?
Mercury is an element that is naturally occurring and found in air, soil and water. Being exposed to mercury, even in small amounts, poses serious health problems. The most common health effect from Mercury is impaired neurological development. Some effects include:
- Damage to peripheral vision
- Tingling sensations in the hands, feet and mouth
- Impaired coordination of movement
- Impaired speech
- Impaired hearing
- Weakened muscles
The younger the person who is exposed to mercury, the more harmful the effects. Pregnant women, especially, are encouraged to avoid mercury exposure as the fetus is most susceptible to the health problems associated with mercury.
How is Mercury used in Dentistry?
In dentistry, mercury is used in amalgams. Amalgams are compounds created from the combination of different metals. Sometimes, dentists will use these compounds in dental fillings.
Amalgam fillings are usually a combination of copper, silver and mercury. The mixture is about 50 percent mercury and 50 percent a blend of silver, copper and other metals. These fillings have been used for more than 150 years. The amount of mercury used in these fillings is still a small amount and have been reported to be very difficult to be absorbed by the human body.
However, many patients and some dentists still express doubts of placing amalgam fillings in patients, especially pregnant women. Therefore, we offer mercury-free dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ for quality and safe dental work.
Mercury-Free Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ
At Belmont Dental Care, we offer fillings and other dental restorations that are free of mercury. We want our patients to have peace of mind when they leave our office. This means that we only use advanced filling material. Our fillings never contain metal or mercury content.
Dr. Mark J. Fleming has years of experience placing mercury-free fillings. He is dedicated to making his patients feel confident in their dental work. For more information on mercury-free dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ visit Belmont Dental Care or call us today to schedule your appointment at (480) 609-0050.
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