Dr. Carl McMillan of Cary and Cornelius Holistic Dental Centers is committed to helping patients achieve healthier, more beautiful smiles with holistic care. They want everything that is done within the smile to be biocompatible and not cause damage to the smile or the body. Their holistic practice is focused around offering safe alternatives to otherwise damaging treatments including cavity fillings.
When there is an area of decay within a tooth, a dentist can prepare it for filling. This is something that is put in place in the area of decay to seal off the tooth and avoid further damage, blocking bacteria from getting inside the tooth and causing an infection. However, over the years, many dentists have been using silver amalgam fillings. In fact, silver amalgam fillings have been used for over two centuries for addressing damage to the teeth. Unfortunately, silver amalgam fillings are constructed of approximately 50 percent mercury, the second most toxic element on the planet.
Mercury is known for releasing a toxic vapor when heated. It is unsafe to break a thermometer that has mercury inside. This same element is part of silver amalgam fillings and is put into the mouth for a permanent repair of decay. It is unsafe, and can become heated when patients enjoy a warm beverage or even just from the friction of chewing. This allows the substance to enter into the body, slowly poisoning patients over many years. Mercury can affect every organ in the body, but it is known for causing damage to neural cells in the central nervous system and contributing to many disorders.
At the Holistic Dental Centers, we believe in using composite resin fillings as an alternative to silver amalgam fillings. Not only are they more attractive and blend into the natural tooth enamel for a discreet replacement, but they are safer and biocompatible. Our practice avoids placing silver amalgam fillings because of how harmful they are, and can replace them upon request of the patient. We follow IAOMT standards when it comes to the remove of silver amalgam fillings to ensure safety to all involved in the procedure.