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Evidence supporting a link between dental amalgams and chronic illness, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and suicide.
Dr. Michaela McKenzie of Dazzling Smiles believes in providing her patients with dental care that is biocompatible with the body and allows them to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile and good medical health. This is why she educates her patients fully on the disadvantages of traditional dental procedures such as silver amalgam fillings.
Silver amalgam fillings have been studied more recently because of the concern of mercury content. Most fillings have a mercury content of approximately 50%. This means that half of the makeup of these fillings is with mercury—a neurotoxin that has been known for years to be toxic to the human body. This is because when it heats up, it releases vapors that can affect the body. Heating can occur during chewing, brushing the teeth, and even enjoying a warm beverage. Each time this happens, more and more mercury affects the body.
Dr. Michaela McKenzie has even seen continued evidence through scientific studies that shows that silver amalgam fillings have been linked to the development of chronic illnesses, anxiety, fatigue, depression, and even suicide. This is why she does not place silver amalgam fillings and instead suggests composite resin fillings.
There are several benefits of composite resin fillings over traditional silver amalgam fillings. First off, they are safe. They are made of biocompatible materials that cannot harm the human body. Second, composite resin fillings are more aesthetic. The material is made to match the natural color of the tooth enamel for seamless integration with the smile. Many patients love being able to smile, laugh, and talk with others without their fillings showing. Third, composite resin fillings do not expand and contract with heat and cold like metal fillings do, reducing the likelihood of bacteria getting into the tooth.
If you want to find out more about silver amalgam fillings and how they negatively affect the smile, now is a great time to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Michaela McKenzie of Dazzling Smiles. She can educate you on the advantages of placing composite resin fillings as well as the benefits of having silver amalgam fillings replaced.