Mercury Based Fillings Still Used In Large Dental ClinicsTuesday, June 21st, 2011, 12:25 pm
The Journal of the American Dental Association just reported that US dentists are still placing more mercury based amalgam fillings than composites and that dental schools are still emphasizing the old-style fillings. Researcher Dr. Sonia Makhija of the University of Alabama said “I thought that most people were using composite.” She went on “It was surprising that so many people are using amalgam.”
I agree with Dr. Makhija, these findings are surprising considering the improvements in resin-based composite technology in the past several years and the fact that silver amalgam fillings are almost one-half mercury, a known neurotoxin.
Composite fillings are more natural looking because they are tooth-colored. They also are less invasive because less tooth structure needs to be removed and studies have shown they are just as durable as the old-style fillings.
The study did note that large group dental practices which typically employ new dental school graduates place more mercury based amalgam fillings. These large practices use materials that may be dictated by managers rather than dentists themselves. For these types of clinics “It’s quicker, it’s easier and it’s cheaper to use amalgam” said Dr. Makhija.
Wilbanks Smile Center is a mercury free practice and we are proud to offer our patients only the finest in restorative materials. Avoiding mercury is healthier for our patients, our team members and our environment.
Please contact our Toccoa office at 706-886-9439 today to schedule your appointment. We’ll be happy to explain Mercury-Free Dentistry and how it benefits you!