At WhiteZone Dental, we place your health and well-being at the forefront of our practice. That’s why we have chosen to exclusively use mercury-free dental fillings. Additionally, we follow rigorous safety protocols, complete with amalgam separators, when removing old amalgam fillings.
Top 3 Reasons to Choose Mercury-Free Dentistry
1. Environmental Protection: The Widespread Impact of Amalgam
Amalgam fillings, which contain mercury, are an often-overlooked source of environmental pollution. Mercury from these fillings enters the environment through:
- Waterways: Leaching from dental clinics and via human waste.
- Air: Emissions from crematoriums, dental clinics, sludge incineration, and human respiration.
- Land: Landfills, burials, and fertilizers.
Once released, mercury from dental fillings becomes a significant pollutant, affecting the fish we consume. The subsequent ingestion of mercury can lead to severe neurological damage, posing an especially high risk for children and unborn babies.
2. Preservation of Tooth Integrity
Amalgam fillings require the removal of substantial portions of healthy tooth structure, weakening the tooth as a whole. This process not only makes the tooth more susceptible to future decay but also creates a cycle of continuous dental work. Furthermore, the expanding and contracting nature of amalgam fillings can lead to cracked teeth, exacerbating the need for additional dental interventions.
3. Occupational Health Hazards for Dental Workers
Studies indicate that dental professionals, who are often women of childbearing age, have elevated levels of systemic mercury due to exposure to amalgam in the workplace. Surprisingly, many of these workers are neither provided with adequate protective equipment nor informed about the risks associated with mercury exposure. Consequently, this vulnerable group faces an increased risk of neurological issues, reproductive complications, and even birth defects.
At WhiteZone Dental, we are committed to providing a safer, healthier alternative through mercury-free dentistry. Our protocols are designed to benefit not just our patients, but also our dedicated dental staff and the environment we all share.