In the past, dentists used metal amalgams–or mixtures–to fill cavities and create restorative devices, such as dental crowns and bridges. Dentists created these dental amalgams by combining a powder made of silver, copper, zinc, tin, and other metals with equal parts liquid mercury

 

Although all of these metals are found in nature, they can have significant health implications, especially mercury. That’s why Dr. Mina Levi of California Dental Innovations practices safe and effective mercury-free dentistry. In this article, we’ll discuss the risks of mercury exposure, as well as the benefits of switching to metal-free dentistry. 

Risks of Mercury Exposure

We can find low levels of mercury in our environment, such as in some of the fish that we eat or old thermometers. However, while biomonitoring indicates that most Americans have minuscule amounts of mercury in their bodies, long-term exposure to mercury can be devastating. Common side effects of long-term mercury exposure include:

 

People with metal filling or restorations should have them removed as soon as possible to limit mercury exposure. Fortunately, Dr. Levi not only practices mercury-free dentistry, but she also safely removes dental amalgams. By safely removing harmful metals, Dr. Levi ensures that her patients are achieving optimal oral and overall health. 

Metal-Free Alternatives

Historically, dentists used metal as a restorative material because it is strong and durable. Today, however, dentists use safer metal alternatives that are just as sturdy. These mercury-free alternatives include:

5 Perks of Mercury-Free Dentistry

By ditching outdated and harmful dental materials, you’re choosing to prioritize your oral and overall health. The benefits of mercury-free dentistry include:

 

Safe and Effective Dental Care in San Francisco, CA

Whether you need a metal amalgam filling removed or you prefer metal-free restorations, Dr. Levi and her skilled team have everything you need for a healthy smile. Have questions about mercury-free dentistry or want to schedule an appointment? Call us at (415) 513-5066 or contact us online.