At Cary and Cornelius Holistic Dental Centers, Dr. Carl McMillan and his team of professionals believe that everything performed within the smile should be safe and effective. Problems may arise within the smile that need the assistance of a dental professional, and discussing problems with a biocompatible dental practice is the best way to ensure proper treatment. For example, patients who have areas of decay are advised to stay away from more traditional metal fillings suggested by other dentists in the area. These metal fillings, also known as silver amalgam fillings, have harmful materials in them that can be toxic to the human body. For example, mercury.
Mercury is a toxic material that can be harmful to the body. Mercury makes up approximately 50% of silver amalgam fillings. When put into the mouth to address areas of decay, it can release toxins when heated during consumption of hot beverages and food. These vapors are released into the body and can cause a myriad of medical issues and concerns. When patients allow dentists to put these materials in their body, they are increasing their risk for many problems and should instead be properly educated as to the risks they may be putting themselves in.
Patients who have silver amalgam fillings with mercury may want to speak to their dentist about appropriate removal. Even throughout the removal process, several steps should be taken to ensure the safety of not only the patient but the staff in the room at the time of removal. Dr. Carl McMillan and his team follow the protocols developed by the IAOMT to ensure safe yet effective removal of mercury fillings and replacement with composite resin bonding. This newer material is not only safe but more aesthetic and can blend in with the natural smile for discreet repair.
If you live in or around the area of Cary or Cornelius and want to seek treatment from a holistic dental practice, visit the Holistic Dental Centers. Dr. Carl McMillan is dedicated to providing biocompatible care and attention to every smile he treats!