Can silver mercury fillings leak?

I have a friend that takes a naturalistic approach to everything in her life. From her diet and the personal products she uses, to her healthcare, and even dentistry. She was telling me that silver fillings have mercury in them that can leak over time. Is this true? Do I need to have them removed?

– Alyssa in Oregon

Alyssa,

The beauty of the day and age that we live in is that we have so many choices when it comes to the food and products we buy, as well as the dental and healthcare providers we use.

Dentists have been using silver amalgam fillings (which do contain mercury) to fill cavities for over a hundred years. With the progression of dental technology and the techniques used, there is another option available to dentists now to fill cavities. Although, it is worth noting that the American Dental Association still takes the stance that amalgam fillings are completely safe. That said, many dentists see the benefits in choosing the mercury-free filling materials.

Here are some reasons that people choose to have amalgam replaced.  Overtime the mercury that is present in these older fillings can be released into your body. This toxic substance can make you ill or have other negative affects on your health. Since mercury is such a dangerous substance many people want to avoid it or have it removed from their mouth. And that is understandable.

Many holistic dentists offer the white composite resin and don’t even do amalgam fillings anymore. Aside from them being mercury-free, there are many benefits to white composite fillings. The bonding technology used to place the white fillings actually makes the tooth stronger and there is less post-operative sensitivity. Not only are they a more holistic choice, but they look nicer too.

So your friend isn’t alone in taking a holistic approach in realizing how dental care is correlated to the overall wellness of a person. There are some other holistic dentists out there that take things a step further, beyond sanitary amalgam removal. Some of these natural dentists that share this sentiment use materials that are BPA-free, bio-compatible, and also will honor Cliffords Sensitivity Testing results.

So you probably don’t need to run out and have all your amalgam fillings replaced immediately, but moving forward it may be something to consider when choosing a filling material. Also, it would be good to know where your dentists lies in the broad spectrum of holistic dentistry methods.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Ultimate Aesthetics.