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NEI certified dentist near Charlotte, NC discusses why mercury should not be used in dentistry

NEI certified dentist near Charlotte, NC discusses why mercury should not be used in dentistry

Patients in Charlotte, NC are happy to take the short drive to Cornelius to visit Dr. Carl McMillan for mercury free, mercury safe dentistry. At Holistic Dental Centers, they fully understand the negative impact mercury can have on the smile and body. Mercury is used to create silver amalgam fillings, the metal fillings that have been used for many years to restore a natural tooth affected by tooth decay. However, studies continue to show how harmful this material is. Mercury releases a vapor that can seep into the air or the body and wreak havoc. Silver amalgam fillings are made of approximately 50 percent mercury and when hated from chewing or enjoying hot foods and beverages, can slowly leak vapors and toxins. This is why Dr. Carl McMillan, a NEI certified dentist, do not use mercury fillings.


At Holistic Dental Centers, we know that mercury is bad for the body and avoid placing silver amalgam fillings for this exact reason. Additionally, we understand that the removal of silver amalgam fillings should be done with great care and attention to the process. This is why we follow the protocols set forth by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, also referred to as the IAOMT. This organization educates dental professionals on the importance of providing mercury free and mercury safe care for patients to enable them to make healthy choices for their smiles.


Dr. Carl McMillan instead chooses composite resin fillings. When tooth decay occurs, these fillings can be placed and provide a wide range of benefits. They are tooth-colored, allowing them to blend in with the smile and be as discreet as possible. They also do not expand or contract when subjected to temperature changes, which helps reduce the risk of bacteria getting into the tooth and requiring endodontic therapy or extraction. Composite resin fillings also do not release toxic vapors and are better for the body as a whole, making them a biocompatible choice for patients worried about what is put into their smile and their body for long-term use.

Dr. Carl McMillan
Holistic Dental Centers in Cary and Cornelius, NC offer many general and cosmetic options, designed to protect patients’ oral health, as well as overall health and wellbeing.

Dr. Carl McMillan is a holistic dentist with a medical degree from the College of Dental Medicine of the Medical University of South Carolina. Due to his expertise, he was honored with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) presidency. He is compassionate towards patients and committed to providing them with safe, toxic-free dental treatments to help them maintain a happy and healthy smile.

Dr. Luis Crespo obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry. An IAOMT member, he believes prevention is the best medicine and strives to educate both patients and parents on the benefits of maintaining a healthy mind, body, and spirit. He has served underprivileged communities across the world.

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