Frequently asked questions about mercury free dentistry in Ottawa
What is mercury free dentistry?
Ottawa patients who visit Dr. France Chevalier can enjoy the benefits of mercury free dentistry. Dentists who avoid the use of silver amalgam fillings are known to offer biological dentistry. Biological dentists understand the negative effects mercury can have on the health of patients, and work hard to provide quality alternatives.
Why are silver amalgam fillings harmful?
Silver amalgam fillings are not just silver—they are made of up to 50 per cent mercury. Mercury is a toxic substance that, when heated, can release vapors into the air. It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. However, when inhaled, it can enter the bloodstream and can be harmful to the body. It can result in many health risks, and patients should take these risks into consideration before allowing a dentist to place mercury-laden silver amalgam into their body.
What health risks are associated with mercury fillings?
This toxic substance is known to cause a myriad of problems. It can affect many systems of the body, including the cardiac, urinary, respiratory, immune, neurological, and digestive systems. It has also been shown to cause the loss of brain cells and is believed to be a cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
Why should patients consider removing their mercury fillings?
By removing mercury fillings with a mercury free dentist, patients can enjoy a healthier lifestyle and reduce their risk for a number of health concerns. They can have these fillings replaced with alternative materials such as composite bonding, which is more aesthetic to the smile and just as effective in sealing a tooth after tooth decay has occurred. Patients should not have mercury fillings removed if they are breastfeeding or pregnant.
How are mercury fillings removed?
A mercury free dental practice that follows the standards of IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) can provide patients with safe removal of mercury fillings. They must adhere to specific protocols to keep the vapors from entering the environment and becoming toxic to those in the treatment room. Patients can talk with Dr. France Chevalier about the protocols she follows to provide patients with the safe and effective removal of silver amalgam fillings.