When you have a cavity, the next step is to get a filling. First your dentist will clean out the infection. Once the infection is cleared out, a filling will be placed to prevent further decay. Traditional fillings are made from amalgam. These were regularly used as a widespread solution to cavities.
While they were a good solution at the time, further advances in dental technology have given us better options. In addition, the materials used in traditional metal fillings can be hazardous to your health.
What is Amalgam and what does it have to do with Fillings?
An amalgam is an alloy of mercury mixed with another metal. This mixture makes up metal fillings. Traditional metal fillings are made up of more than 50% mercury. Once you’ve had a cavity filled with an amalgam of mercy and another metal, the mercury enters your system. A buildup of too much mercy in anyone’s system is dangerous.
At West Valley Natural Dentistry, our team is certified in techniques to remove your metal fillings safely. Our goal is to prevent further mercury from getting into your system.
SMART is an acronym that stands for Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. Our team of dentists is SMART certified. We take all precautions when replacing a patient’s amalgam fillings.
The process of removing silver amalgam fillings involves cutting up the amalgam into easily-removed pieces. After the pieces are cut up and removed, we’ll replace your fillings. Thanks to modern dental practices, we can replace your old filling with a new, non-toxic material.
If you’re debating whether or not you need to remove your amalgam fillings, get in touch with us today. We strive to be metal free at West Valley Natural Dentistry. You deserve to know what types of metals and substances are being used in and on your teeth.
Give us a call and ask about our SMART, safe amalgam removal techniques today.