To our Valued Patients,
Effective September 1, 2022 this office will no longer be placing amalgam fillings for your dental treatment. We have been advised by the FDA in Dentistry and Safety for patients and dental staff that placing amalgam fillings have health risks linked to the mercury in the filling material.
Dental mercury and its vapor have been scientifically linked to a number of health risks which demonstrate the danger of dental amalgam mercury fillings. Individual response to mercury varies and some of the factors known to potentially impact those exposed to mercury include allergies, diet, gender, genetic predispositions to adverse reactions from mercury, the number of amalgam fillings in the mouth.
Mercury is continuously emitted from dental amalgam fillings and it is absorbed and retained in the body, particularly in the brain, kidney, liver, lung, and gastrointestinal tract. The output of mercury can be intensified by the number of fillings and other activities, such as chewing, teeth-grinding, and the consumption of hot liquids.
Scientific studies have identified dental mercury as a potentially exacerbating factor in certain conditions of your health.
As health care professionals we value your dental health as well as your overall health. The resin based fillings are perfectly safe and the materials are approved by the FDA. Your dental insurance may or may not cover this at 100%, 80% or 50%, please check with your insurance.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please speak to any of our dental professionals.
Patrick J. McGuirk, D.D.S.