Patients who have silver amalgam fillings in their mouth may be surprised to hear that they could be at risk for mercury toxicity. Silver amalgam dental fillings are not safe for patients as they can release mercury when they become heated. This can happen during chewing and biting, releasing vapors that can put them at risk for a myriad of medical concerns and health-related problems. Instead, patients in Ottawa should consider a practice that performs amalgam safe dentistry.
Amalgam safe dentistry encourages patients to use composite fillings instead of silver amalgam fillings. Composite bonding is tooth-colored, so it blends in with the natural tooth, and is just as effective at maintaining the tooth’s structure as silver amalgam. It does not release toxic vapors, and is completely safe and biocompatible with the body.
An amalgam safe dentistry practice in Ottawa must follow certain protocols in order to achieve mercury safe status. At the practice of Dr. France Chevalier, we follow the standards set forth by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, known as the IAOMT. This organization recommends certain protocols be followed during the removal of silver amalgam fillings to ensure the safety of patients, dentists, and anyone in the room during the treatment. Many of these protocols include breaking the fillings up into smaller pieces for easier removal, using a suction system to evacuate the vapors from the room, and using rubber dams to isolate the specific teeth receiving treatment to avoid the distribution of silver amalgam particles into the mouth and body. By following these protocols closely, Dr. France Chevalier and her team can provide safe removal of amalgam fillings and replace them with composite bonding fillings. These provide the same benefits as metal fillings, as well as aesthetic advantages.
If you live in the Ottawa community and are considering a practice that provides amalgam safe dentistry, contact Dr. France Chevalier’s dental facility today to learn more about the dangers of silver amalgam and the ways in which you can improve the health and beauty of your smile with general and cosmetic dentistry services provided through our state-of-the-art biological dental practice.
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