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Concerns about dental amalgam containing mercury explained by a mercury-free dentist in Kirkland, WA

Mercury Free Dentist in Kirkland WA area

Dental amalgam has been a very common material used in fillings and are also known as silver fillings. There are concerns over these amalgam fillings due to trace amounts of mercury contained within the material. Dr. Ann Kelley and her team at Kingsgate Dental have made the decision to use tooth-colored resin for cavity fillings due to these concerns as well as for improved appearance.

Amalgam – what is it?

Amalgam, for years, has been the most popular filling material used in dentistry. It is a combination of metals and is sometimes called ‘silver amalgam’ and it can contain silver, mercury, tin and copper. With the increased use of tooth-colored materials that have become available over the last several years, amalgam use for fillings is beginning to decrease.

Mercury in amalgam

While there are millions of people around the world who have been given amalgam fillings, in recent years concern has been raised regarding the trace amounts of mercury used in these fillings. The reason for this concern is due to the effects mercury exposure can have on a patient. Mercury is naturally occurring, and everybody is exposed to it as there are amounts of it in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat due to pollution caused by industry. These are not factors we can avoid. But we all do have control over the material used in our fillings.

The problem with mercury in fillings is that, as the amalgam filling wears it can release the mercury in the form of vapor into our bodies. Concerns about mercury are directly related to the amount absorbed and there has been controversy over the effect that mercury in these trace amounts have on the body, but why risk it? Side effects of mercury on a patient could include anxiety, memory loss, fatigue and headaches.

Kingsgate Dental is proud to practice mercury-free dentistry. Regardless of if you believe mercury to be dangerous or not, Dr. Kelley doesn’t want any of her patients to be at risk for side effects related to mercury in amalgam fillings. To schedule a dental exam and cleaning, please give Dr. Ann Kelley a call today at (425) 385-0080.


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Dr. Ann Kelley is a graduate of the Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. She highly values the comfort of her patients, and places the needs of the patient above her convenience. Her dental clinic is built to bring the best and most comfortable dental experience to all her patients. She builds relationships with her patients based on trust and always acts to safeguard this trust.

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Damen CReviews on Google
 - 5 Star Rating Review I have gone to Kingsgate Dental for about two years now, and every experience has been excellent. Dr. Kelley is very knowledgeable and very thorough with her analysis of the issues that I have faced with my teeth. The staff is polite and always happy to answer any questions that I have and give me pointers to improve my dental hygiene. I will continue to go to Kingsgate Dental/Dr Kelley for years to come.
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 - 5 Star Rating Review By Kathy W Dr. Kelley and her staff are a treasure. State of the art equipment, As a past Dental Administrator for a very large practice in Lynnwood, am soo happy to know that Dr. Kelley, her hygenists who have been there for over 20 years, are bar none the most indepth and through a cleaning as you would ever find. I have never felt more then a slight prick when getting novocaine. Between numbing the gum and gentle procedure they also offer nitroux, for us real scaredy cats. Music, neck pillows and blankets all make the experience truly enjoyable. I had gone too many years neglecting my teeth and found through Tammy, my hygenist and Dr. Kelley they were able to put together a plan to save the teeth they could and design partials for the ones I could not afford to save. I am a small business owner with no insurance and yet they came up with a plan that I am so happy with. I am without any infection, so much healthier and the partials Dr. Kelley designed are like a second skin. From Jackie and MaryAnn at the front desk to the assistants, hygenists and Dr. Kelley you will be in professional and caring hands. I recommend to all my family and friends.
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 - 5 Star Rating Review By dixy i Great experience. Dr. Kelley and her staff made me feel less anxious about the whole thing. Great job on the crown too! I've already recommended two friends! If I was staying in the Seattle area I'd definitely return.

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