Mercury Safe Dentistry Specialist

Morris Family Dentistry

Family Dentists located in Zachary, LA

Mercury is a known human toxin that can cause serious health effects at high exposures. To limit risk, Chad Morris, DDS, and Noelle Davis, DDS, practice mercury-safe dentistry to remove amalgam fillings. If you still have amalgam fillings, make an appointment today at Morris Family Dentistry in Zachary, Louisiana, by phone today. Alternatively, you can request one using the online booking tool.

Mercury Safe Dentistry

What are the dangers of mercury?

Mercury is a heavy metal that’s liquid at room temperature and poisonous to humans. Mercury is a known neurotoxin, and exposure to the metal or its vapors can have damaging effects on the kidney and brain. High levels of exposure can even be fatal.

While the amount of mercury in an amalgam filling is meager, it can contribute to the accumulation of mercury in your body, or bioaccumulation. Having amalgam fillings and exposure to other elemental mercury sources can cause the metal to pile up inside the body.

When the lungs absorb enough mercury vapor from the air, it can cause:

  • Tremors and twitching
  • Mood swings
  • Poor coordination
  • Muscle weakness 
  • Headaches
  • Decreased mental function
  • Kidney damage

Dental mercury also needs to be disposed of properly to avoid the release of mercury into the air for inhalation. The providers at Morris Family Dentistry believe in safer alternatives to mercury, and they dedicate themselves to proper disposal.

What does mercury-safe dentistry mean?

A dental office that’s considered “mercury-free” uses no amalgam fillings or material in their practice. The designation “mercury-safe” means the providers follow a strict process to handle and dispose of amalgam fillings. 

Since the emphasis of their holistic, systemic approach is on whole-body health and risk minimization, mercury-safe dentists like Dr. Morris and Dr. Davis take special precautions to protect their patients, staff, and environment from toxin exposure. 

What precautions do you take when removing amalgam fillings?

Mercury safe practices don’t remove amalgam fillings with the nonchalance of traditional dentistry. Their extra precautions ensure as little exposure to mercury as possible.

Some of the precautions they take include: 

  • Providing eye protection for the patient, dentist, and others in the room
  • Using oxygen and gas masks to avoid vapor inhalation
  • Removing fillings in large chunks with continual water supply to minimize vapor
  • Using high-volume suction and air filters to capture errant vapors
  • Placing a rubber dam around the treatment area to prevent mercury ingestion

If you’re looking for a mercury-safe dental practice in the Zachary, Louisiana area, contact Morris Family Dentistry by phone or request an appointment online today.

 

 

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