There are numerous reasons why cosmetic dentistry at our San Antonio general dentist office is amalgam free, but the most important reason is that we don’t want to expose our patients to large doses of mercury. Amalgam fillings or silver cavity fillings are the largest source of mercury for patients who have them and they continue to release mercury into the patient’s body daily while eating, chewing gum, and teeth grinding.
Dr. John Moore, and the rest of the staff at Cosmetic Dental Associates strive to be the best office offering cosmetic dentistry in San Antonio, and that starts with providing the safest, most efficient dental care possible for our patients.
The reason why were so concerned about exposing our patients to mercury is because it’s toxic and can harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and the immune system in large quantities. Fetuses, infants, and children that are exposed to mercury are seen with impaired neurological development that negatively affects their cognitive thinking, memory and language skills. Adverse reactions in adults include tremors, mood swings, insomnia, headaches, weakness, change in nerve responses, concentration problems and memory disturbances can also occur. It’s also been linked to numerous diseases, such as Alzheimers’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
Countries, including Norway, Sweden and Canada have outlawed the use of amalgam in the dental field and we hope that ours is next. In the meantime, we are always watching out for our patient’s health and safety, so our San Antonio general dentistry office been amalgam free for over 20 years.