Why White Fillings? 3 Reasons Why You Should Replace Your Mercury Fillings Fast

Why White Fillings? 3 Reasons Why You Should Replace Your Mercury Fillings Fast

There have been debates for years regarding whether or not mercury fillings are safe. At Meyer Dental Group, we do not believe these fillings are even remotely safe. With the data we’ve seen from a variety of clinical tests we want to warn our patients about the dangers of mercury fillings, also known as silver amalgam fillings. We also feel that you should replace mercury fillings for white fillings as soon as possible.

We believe that… you should replace mercury fillings for white fillings

Why do we feel a sense of urgency when it comes to removing silver fillings? There are 3 studies in particular that we find especially disturbing.

1. Cell phone use can cause mercury fillings to release mercury into your bloodstream

A study first published back in 2008 found that the electromagnetic frequencies from cell phones heat silver fillings. When the metal is heated, mercury is released and then inhaled. Once inhaled, the toxin enters the bloodstream and travels throughout the body, damaging vital organs.

2. Removing a silver filling releases toxic airborne mercury

In a NewsTarget.com article, Alex Hummell, a mercury-testing expert stated that most dental offices don’t practice adequate precautions. In fact, on a variety of occasions, he found that mercury levels exceeded OSHA limits for an airborne toxic heavy metal.

Still, many patients, dentists and dental staff don’t think they’re at risk for mercury toxicity. If there is nothing to worry about, why have countries throughout Europe and Scandinavia banned mercury fillings?

3. Mercury poisons the body and can lead to disease

HolisticDentistry.News points to recent studies that prove just how toxic mercury really is. This heavy metal is linked to kidney disease, neurological disorders, autoimmune diseases, even high blood pressure and endometriosis. Once the mercury fillings were removed and replaced with white fillings the patients began noticing improvements in their health.

What are white-colored fillings?

White-colored fillings are mercury free fillings. They won’t harm your health like the mercury fillings can. The tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite mixture of glass and plastic. These fillings are not only less toxic than silver amalgam fillings; they’re much more pleasing to the eye. Mercury free fillings can be used on both the front and back teeth.

How are composite fillings placed?

A composite filling procedure is quick and easy. After removing the decay, Dr. Meyer will place a scrubbing agent on the tooth. Once that is rinsed away, he will prime the tooth and then place a bonding agent. An ultraviolet light is used to cure the bonding material, as well as the composite resin.

Dr. Meyer will begin filling the tooth with the tooth-colored filling material. Then he will use an instrument to pack the material down tight and it is cured with ultraviolet light. He will continue to do this until the tooth is filled.

Finally, Dr. Meyer will check your bite to make sure there are no high spots. He will make any necessary adjustments and then polish the filling.

Your Dentist Des Plaines, Dr. Tom Meyer recommends white fillings

With all of the recent studies exposing mercury dangers, we at Meyer Dental Group highly recommend going mercury free. Not only will your teeth look more beautiful, you’ll protect yourself from a variety of health issues.

Do you want to replace mercury fillings? If so, schedule an appointment with us today. We will happily explain in detail how we protect our patients during the filling replacement procedure. You can also read more about mercury filling alternatives here.


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Reasons Why You Should See a Mercury Free Dentist in Des Plaines

Reasons Why You Should See a Mercury Free Dentist in Des Plaines

“Mercury is unsafe.” We’ve been hearing that for years, and yet dentists still practice with it. Does your dentist still use amalgam filling or silver filling mercury material? Have you wondered about the repercussions of having mercury fillings? We’ll discuss why mercury should no longer be used, why patients should see a mercury free dentist like Dr. Tom Meyer in Des Plaines, and what other options patients have besides amalgam fillings.

We believe that mercury-free dentistry is the best option for patients

In fact, not only do we believe it is the best option; we believe it is the only option. Mercury is unsafe; there is no question about it anymore. We also want to take it a step further and say that not only should you not receive any more unsafe mercury fillings, but dental offices should be completely mercury free. There is no longer a place for mercury in modern day dentistry. Our patient’s health, as well as our own, is far too precious.

3 Reasons to See Mercury Free Dentist Dr. Tom Meyer in Des Plaines

Don’t just take our word for it. We want to prove to you why it is more beneficial for you to see a mercury free dentist in Mount Prospect, Des Plaines or Arlington Heights.

1. We’re not the only ones who believe mercury is dangerous

Back in 2013, a treaty among nations was signed (something that took four years to accomplish) in an effort to start phasing mercury out of dental treatment plans. Some nations decided to go even further by banning mercury fillings, including Russia, Japan, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.

2. More people are recognizing and acknowledging how dangerous mercury really is

Mercury is a neurotoxin – it causes neurological disorders, mental disorders, chronic health conditions, and autoimmune diseases. Conditions caused by mercury include: depression and anxiety, heart disease, disruptions of the endocrine system, fatigue, headache, insomnia, and respiratory problems. In 2009, the FDA even reclassified mercury and mercury fillings as Class II devices, meaning they pose more risk than was previously thought.

3. We’re all at risk for mercury poisoning

Not only are silver mercury fillings unsafe for patients, they’re unsafe for the dentist, the assistants, and even the front office team. Regardless of how safe everyone tries to be, mercury vapors can be found beyond dental treatment rooms.

What are the safe alternatives to mercury in dental treatments?

There are a number of alternatives to mercury fillings.

  • White fillings: The cheapest alternative to mercury, white fillings are made up of a combination of plastic and glass. Not only are these less toxic than mercury fillings, they’re much more pleasing to the eye.
  • Gold fillings: Gold is as close to all-natural as you can get in the dental world. Your body reacts better to gold than to other materials. Plus, being lab fabricated, gold fillings (called inlays) will fit seamlessly.
  • Lab fabricated porcelain fillings: Tooth colored, strong and the ideal fit.

Avoid mercury at all costs: See a Mercury Free Dentist in Mount Today

Mercury should no longer be a controversial subject. It’s been proven to be dangerous to the health of patients and dental office team. Your health is in your hands. If you want to receive the best dental care, make sure your dentist is a competent practitioner who avoids the use of mercury in their office. Read more about mercury fillings or amalgam fillings. 
Are you looking for a new dentist? If so, choose a mercury free dental office. Or, if you’re already seeing a dentist, double check to make sure they are practicing mercury free dentistry on every patient.


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