Mercury has been used in dentistry for decades, specifically in dental fillings (dental amalgam). According to the Food and Drug Administration, dental fillings are made with approximately 50% mercury in combination with other metals.

Although mercury is a naturally occurring chemical element, it is still a serious neurotoxin

While mercury has historically been a standard material used to fill cavities, too much can create potential health risks over time. Your health and wellness is of the utmost importance to our team. That’s why at Anders Dental, we offer mercury-free dentistry.

SMART–The Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique at Anders Dental

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAMOT) is a global network of dentists, health professionals, and scientists who research the biocompatibility of dental products, including the risks of mercury fillings, fluoride, root canals, and jawbone osteonecrosis.

Contrary to traditional dentistry practices, silver fillings release low levels of mercury.

The SMART method includes: 

  • Removing mercury fillings and using an amalgam separator in our office. Our separator pulls toxic metals like silver and mercury out of the water supply so it does not pollute wastewater. 
  • Ensuring procedures take place in a high-volume air-filtrated room, capable of eradicating all mercury vapors and filling particles. 
  • Appropriate protective gowns and covers for everyone involved in the procedure. 
  • Utilization of dental dams and other tools to reduce further mercury exposure. 

As IAOMT and SMART-certified dentists in Black Mountain, NC, Drs. Anders and Armistead practice holistic dentistry, offering our patients safe, alternative dental treatments to improve oral and overall well-being.

Understanding the Risks of Mercury Fillings for Patients

Although mercury is a naturally occurring chemical element, it is still a serious neurotoxin and especially dangerous for younger patients whose neurological systems are underdeveloped. 

Contrary to traditional dentistry practices, silver fillings release low levels of mercury. The chemical can be inhaled and absorbed into the bloodstream, impacting each patient differently. Every time a filling is placed or removed, the following can occur: 

  • Extreme teeth sensitivity
  • Headaches
  • Kidney problems
  • Weight loss
  • Tremors
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Digestive problems
  • Memory loss

Because mercury is a common metal, we are all exposed to it in some form. However, taking the appropriate precautions—such as removing mercury fillings—will benefit your future well-being. 

What Mercury-Free Alternatives Are Available? 

If you have mercury fillings and are concerned about the potential health risks, there are plenty of available alternatives, including: 

    • Composite resin has a more natural appearance than other options and can be customized to match the shade of your tooth. 
    • Glass ionomer fillings are made of glass powder and organic acid, providing durability and lasting up to five years.
  • Porcelain fillings are made of oxygen and silicone and compounded into a non-crystalline glass. This is the more expensive option, but it might be worth the investment since they last up to 15 years. 
  • Gold fillings, also known as inlays or onlays, are composed of an alloy of gold, copper, and other metals and are the most durable, lasting for 20 years or more. 

Each option preserves healthy tooth structure and lasts much longer than silver fillings.

Don’t put your overall health at risk. Schedule your appointment with Black Mountain’s holistic dentists today.  The Anders Dental team is happy to help you on your dental journey.