The latest updates on dental technology, treatments and how Nashville Restorative Dentistry is working to deliver the best possible care for our patients.
Mercury Filling Removal: How We Do It
Apr 16, 2021
Over the last 60 years or so, mercury amalgam (metal) dental fillings have become increasingly less common, but for decades, they were the standard. Their durability and cost-effectiveness made them the go-to for most dentists, and many dentists unfortunately still use them today. Mercury amalgam dental fillings are made from about half liquid mercury (also called elemental mercury), and the rest is made from a powdered alloy containing silver, tin, and copper. Composite resin fillings (white fillings) have become more...
Are Mercury Fillings Dangerous?
Mar 09, 2021
There are several options for dental filling materials today, but mercury amalgam fillings used to be the standard. They’re made from about 50 percent liquid mercury (also known as “elemental mercury”) combined with a powdered alloy made of silver, tin, and copper. For decades, dentists regularly used mercury amalgam fillings to repair tooth decay because of its durability and cost-effectiveness, despite the lack of aesthetic appeal. “Dentists have used these fillings for more than 150 years all over the world,”...
What is Mercury-free Dentistry?
Feb 05, 2021
Mercury-free dentistry is the practice of preventing the use of mercury-containing amalgam fillings due to the long-term effects this neurotoxin can have on patients. Instead, mercury-free dentists use white-colored BPA-free resin fillings that better match the surrounding tooth and are free of toxic metals. The mercury-free movement among dentists is a smaller part of a larger metal-free debate that also includes porcelain fused to metal (PFM) as well as gold crowns and bridges. In every case, holistic dentists look to...
European Ban on Mercury Amalgam Fillings
Jul 19, 2018
In the European Union, dental filling regulations have begun to take effect. Last year, the European Union adopted a regulation that banned amalgam use in children under the age of 15 years old, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers. Now, as of the 1st of July, 2018, this partial amalgam ban is being implemented. What is Amalgam? First things first, let’s discuss what amalgam is. Amalgam is an alloy (mixture) of mercury with another metal (yes, Mercury!). The toxic element has...
“Silver” Fillings Have Mercury and Harm Children (Video)
May 16, 2018
We hope you find this video to be informational. If for some reason the video does not load, we've included the transcript for your conveience. To schedule an appointment with Nashville Restorative Dentistry call (615) 591-0294. "Silver" Fillings Have Mercury and Harm Children Speaker 1: The Children's Portugal Study, conducted by Dr. James Woods and others, was published in Environmental Health Perspective and was- Speaker 2: Supposed to be done to once and for all evaluate the safety or harmful...
European Union to ban use of dental mercury in children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers
Feb 28, 2018
Starting in July 2018, the European Union will ban the use of dental mercury in children under the age of 15, as well as in pregnant women and nursing mothers. This ban on the mercury used in amalgam dental fillings follows the ratification of the Minamata Convention by the EU in May of 2017. This international treaty aims to protect both humans and the environment from dangerous mercury emissions -- including the use of mercury in amalgam dental fillings. Why...
While Many Nations Restrict & Ban Use of Mercury Amalgam, U.S. Continues to Deny Its Dangers
Apr 22, 2017
On March 14, 2017, the European Parliament voted by an overwhelming majority of 663 to 8 to approve regulations that will reduce the use of amalgam within the European Union. These new regulations are in line with Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty aiming to decrease levels of mercury released into the environment, including those associated with dentistry. What is Amalgam, and what is it used for in dentistry? In dentistry, amalgam is a material used as a filling...
Facts about Metal-Free Dentistry
Mar 01, 2013
An "amalgam" filling is a metal-based filling and uses gold, silver, mercury and other metals and combinations of these metals in dental work. Metal fillings date back as far as 1830 and have been the norm almost since that time. Metal fillings have been used in bridges, crowns and other types of fillings to repair damaged teeth. Recent research has confirmed that having these metals in our mouths for years may not be healthy. Mercury has been studied specifically and...