Three Reasons to Choose Composite Fillings

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Published: 09th September 2010
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The past few decades of modern dentistry have seen major leaps in technology. From advances in gum disease treatment to laser mapping enamel weak spots, dentists now have an arsenal of weapons to help patients fight tooth decay and gum disease. The most important technological development of the past two decades is the development of white composite fillings. Replacing fillings made of traditional silver dental amalgam with white fillings not only makes your mouth look cleaner, it also prevents major health problems.

Recently, universities in several countries around the world have investigated the potentially harmful nature of silver fillings. Fueled by the suspicion that the mercury content of silver fillings may pose long term health risks, these studies have looked at patients with fillings made of dental amalgams and analyzed certain aspects of their health.

When investigating the heart health of the patients, researchers tend to find three correlations between individuals with silver amalgam fillings and their circulatory system (i):

1) Individuals with silver amalgam fillings exhibit high blood pressure

2) Those with silver fillings have low hemoglobin counts

3) The percentage of red blood cells for those with amalgam fillings is much lower

Though the American Dentist Association maintains that amalgam fillings that contain mercury are perfectly safe, most other experts in foreign countries strongly disagree. Mountains of evidence link mercury poisoning with serious health problems, including auto-immune disorders like multiple sclerosis. However, the missing link is the causal element: do amalgams cause the poisoning these patients experience? Most researchers will agree that they do indeed.

One thing all health professionals will agree on is that any amount of mercury is bad. Safe amalgam removal procedures will remove silver fillings and replace them with white composite fillings. This procedure is very common and is the first step in minimizing mercury exposure.


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