Dr. Fotek recognizes the impact of toxic dental materials like mercury and the detrimental effects they can have. She strives to find materials that are systemically compatible and safe for both you and the environment.
For our practice, we have chosen to do away from any mercury and silver fillings, which are also known as amalgam fillings. The majority of the population does not realize that these fillings are composed of mercury. It is also important to acknowledge that mercury is the most toxic nonradioactive substance on earth. If spilled, the OSHA has special protocols in place for their cleanup.
Since the main component of amalgam fillings is mercury, we do not feel this restoration is warranted as a safe dental material. Published research has shown that mercury is more toxic than lead, cadmium, or arsenic.
Research from the World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that mercury containing dental fillings contribute to more mercury body burden than all other sources combined. They have also shown that mercury exposure can be greatly increased by personal habits such as bruxism and gum-chewing. We feel that there is no safe amount of mercury exposure. For this reason, we institute protocols for their safe removal.
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