Despite other countries banning the use of amalgam (silver) fillings that contain toxic mercury materials, the restorations continue to be used on an everyday basis by dentists across the United States.
Many medical and oral health experts have linked mercury fillings to the contribution of conditions like autism and developmental disorders, to migraine headaches. The truth is, some people find that their quality of life is significantly impacted by the toxic particles that are released by their amalgam fillings.
Studies have shown that removing the silver fillings is even more dangerous, as toxic vapors are released when the restoration is broken up for removal. Fortunately, a mercury safe holistic dentist can provide a higher level of protection when you have your metal fillings removed.
Amalgam Free vs. Mercury Safe Dentistry
Dr. Lee and Dr. Parker have been mercury free dentists since 2001, and “mercury safe” since 2012. Their holistic approaches to mercury-free dentistry began long before the EPA enforced stricter regulations on oral health providers.
While amalgam free dentistry simply means that the office does not provide mercury fillings, “mercury safe” involves taking patient and staff safety to an entirely higher level. Using strict isolation methods and oxygen equipment, we can greatly reduce mercury exposure while old amalgam fillings are removed.
The Oral-Systemic Connection
The mouth is the gateway to the entire body. Oral infections such as periodontitis, bone loss, and TMJ disorders are often impacted by other medical or health related issues that our patients are experiencing. Implementing a holistic approach to your dental care, Dr. Lee and Dr. Parker are able to help their patients enjoy both healthier smiles as well as better quality of life.
We don’t just look at your teeth, we take time to get to know you and understand every facet of the big picture we call your health.
As an example, active gum disease is directly associated with systemic conditions including diabetes, obesity, sleep apnea, stroke, heart disease, erectile dysfunction, and infertility. Eliminating active infection inside of the mouth benefits the overall immune system, making it easier for your body to manage other problems.
To find out more about Dr. Lee’s and Dr. Parker’s holistic approach to dental care, contact San Bruno Center for Dental Medicine today to arrange a private consultation.