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 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:
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.
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.
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:
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.