Mercury safe dentistry in Greenville, SC helps keep your smile beautiful and healthy
A major component of dental care is restorative services. For holistic dental providers, there is no difference, as there will always be patients who require treatment for gum disease or other problems. The difference lies in the types of materials that are used for these restoration procedures.
There has been an ongoing conversation between organizations, dental providers, and patients about the safety of certain dental materials. One of the most controversial is amalgam. Amalgam fillings have been used for many decades and were once the standard of care, but they have come under fire in recent years. This can leave many patients wondering, “Is there a real danger?”
At Palmer Distinctive Dentistry in Greenville, SC, we are very particular about the materials we use in our procedures and have opted to be a mercury free practice. It is our belief that based up on studies and research, amalgam contains enough mercury to pose a risk to our patients. You may be aware of the fact that mercury is no longer used in household items such as thermometers due to its toxicity, why then, should it be used in your mouth?
Amalgam fillings leave patients continually exposed to mercury day in and day out. Patients are exposed to mercury vapors in the mouth when they perform activities such as brushing teeth, biting, and chewing. This type of exposure can compromise the immune system and it has been shown to increase antibiotic resistance.
Our practice believes in using natural-looking, safe, and effective alternatives to mercury-laden amalgam fillings. Materials such as ceramic, porcelain, and composite can all be used for strong, long-lasting restorations that blend in perfectly with the remaining natural teeth.
As a holistic provider, we believe any materials used in the mouth can have a profound impact on the wellness of the body. As such, we treat oral issues as a part of overall health issues and are careful to treat the patient as a whole with the safest materials. If you want a dentist who will take the safest method possible to restore your oral health and help you enjoy a beautiful smile, call us today for your appointment.