What are the benefits of mercury safe dentistry in Los Angeles, CA?
Dr. Mamta Dalwani of Los Angeles, CA is a dentist who is committed to providing safe, effective dental care to patients with a health-focused approach. Her practice is mercury safe and provides general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry solutions for patients ready to enjoy quality, comprehensive dental solutions. At the Center for Holistic Dentistry, patients can rest easy knowing that their smiles are safe and healthy for life.
What is mercury?
Mercury is a substance that is toxic to the human body. Many patients are unaware that they have mercury in their fillings. If a dentist has provided silver amalgam fillings for you, you have mercury in your mouth. Silver amalgam fillings, which have been traditionally used by dentists to treat areas of decay are comprised of approximately 50 percent mercury. Mercury vapor may be released when the area is heated. Heating can occur when chewing or enjoying warm food or beverages. This releases toxins into the body and can contribute to a variety of issues, including:
- Poor coordination
- Impaired peripheral vision
- Pins and needles feeling (sensation issues)
- Impaired speaking, walking, or hearing
- Weakness in the muscles
It can be difficult to pinpoint mercury toxicity, but it is recommended that patients avoid silver amalgam fillings because of the risks involved.
How are fillings replaced?
At the Center for Holistic Dentistry, Dr. Mamta Dalwani ensures that patients have the option to safely and effectively replace their mercury fillings when they desire. The process starts with a consultation appointment and initial evaluation, during which, patients can discuss their concerns with their dentist. Once it has been decided that fillings can be successfully replaced, an appointment is made to safely remove the silver amalgam fillings from the teeth in a way that does not put patients and professionals at risk. This means following the strict protocols set forth by the IAOMT – International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. This organization provides standards for dentists to follow during the removal and replacement of silver amalgam fillings. It includes proper coverage of the patient and dentist and an advanced filtration system in the treatment room. When the mercury-laden fillings are safely removed, the tooth is prepared, and composite resin is placed as a filling instead. Composite resin is a material that is completely safe to use in the mouth. It is placed into the cavity and then hardened with a special light. The dentist then files and polishes it to make it appear as natural enamel for a proper finish.
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What are the benefits of composite resin fillings as opposed to silver amalgam fillings?
Composite resin fillings are safer, as they are not formulated with mercury. Instead, the materials used are appropriate for use within the natural tooth. These fillings are also more aesthetic due to their coloring which mimics the natural tooth enamel and ensures seamless integration into the teeth. Additionally, composite resin fillings do not expand and contract with temperature changes as much as silver amalgam fillings can. This means that patients do not have to worry about exposing the inner portion of the tooth to bacteria that may result in an infection. This is a common concern with silver amalgam fillings. Composite resin fillings are an affordable option available at our state-of-the-art dental facility for patients to consider in restoring their smiles and addressing common dental concerns.
Ready to discuss the advantages of mercury safe dentistry for your smile?
Visit our health-focused practice by calling our front office team and scheduling an appointment. We can be reached at (310) 340-0153 and our team of professionals are located at 12381 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 103. We welcome new patients to educate themselves about the advantages of moving forward with comprehensive, holistic care from our team of professionals. Dr. Mamta Dalwani provides services that are safe and effective for improving oral health and wellness in the long-term.