Mercury vs White FillingsA main reason that some dentists have persevered in using mercury fillings long after we knew their severe dangers was that they felt there was no other option. If someone had a cavity, it had to be filled, and mercury was the best option. However that is no longer the case.
Certainly even as recently as the 1990s the white composite fillings were not yet perfect. They didn't last as long as mercury fillings. If you tried to use a white filling in a back molar tooth, it might fall out earlier and need to be replaced.
However, in modern times, those excuses are all history. Studies now show that the current range of white fillings can outlast the mercury fillings. In fact, because the white fillings are not all metal based, they do not expand and contract with heat and cold like the mercury ones do. So where the mercury fillings would actually split teeth eventually by expanding and contracting in their tooth-hole, the white fillings are nice and stable.
Even more cool, white composite fillings harden instantly. You can literally leave the dentist office and eat and drink without any problem. With mercury fillings you were required to wait 24 hours before you ate solid food, to give the fillings time to fully cure.
Yes, white fillings are slightly more expensive. Hopefully that will come down too in time as more and more poeple use them and they become the standard for dental fillings. However, to me, that price is well worth it. I would gladly pay slightly more in order to keep my body free of mercury. Did you know that for the average adult, half of their daily mercury intake comes from the fillings in their head?
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History of Mercury in Dental Work
Mercury vs White Fillings
Dangers of Mercury
Safe Levels of Mercury
Removal of Mercury Fillings - my story
Mercury Chelation After Amalgam Removal
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