For over a century, dentists have used amalgam dental fillings to treat cavities and tooth decay, with over 90 million Americans having these metal fillings. You’d hope something this popular should be completely safe. But you’re mistaken. Amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of metals, with 50% being mercury — a highly poisonous neurotoxin with the potential to cause nerve damage. Since metal fillings are unsafe, several countries are phasing out mercury fillings and replacing them with mercury-safe restorations.
Although the FDA hasn’t banned amalgam dental fillings, Kingsgate Dental in Kirkland, Washington, doesn’t want to take chances with your health. Our mercury-free policy means metal fillings have no place in our dentistry. We use ceramic, mercury-free restorations to address dental issues without jeopardizing your health.
According to the FDA, the simple act of grinding or chewing gum releases small amounts of mercury vapors in the bloodstream of patients with amalgam fillings. The mercury levels are even higher for patients with multiple, old fillings. Although studies to determine the health effects of these mercury vapors are inconclusive, better be safe than sorry.
Dr. Ann Kelley takes caution by providing mercury-safe restorations. You have one body —and one smile — so why would you take chances? Consider mercury-free dental fillings for optimal safety. And if you already have amalgam fillings, we can remove them by following mercury-safe removal procedures.
Metal fillings aren’t just toxic — they are easy to spot when you open your mouth when talking, eating, or smiling. Amalgam fillings tend to oxidize and darken over time when exposed to moisture, giving the impression of decayed teeth. Our ceramic fillings are tooth-colored to deliver undetectable, natural-looking results.
The many benefits of mercury-safe dentistry include:
If you are health conscious, consider metal-free restorations in Kirkland, Washington, to keep your smile and overall body healthy.
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