I am addicted to reading medical articles. So many of them talk about the dangers of metal and mercury in dental work. I spoke to my dentist and he blew me off. He also said I’m reading the wrong articles and quoted the ADA saying it was all perfectly safe. I don’t want to be a paranoid patient, but I don’t want to naively put myself in danger. Do you have a recommendation?
I don’t like it when doctors make patients feel foolish. It’s not fair to them and more often than not has the effect of making them afraid to ask questions about their health. I know someone who had cancer. Anything suspicious after that she’d run to her doctor. Once she apologized saying, “I feel like I’m paranoid.” Her understanding doctor said, “In your situation, it’s the paranoid ones who survive.”
There is a lot of controversy in dentistry about both the mercury in fillings and metal in dental care. Everyone has an “authoritative” opinion which sadly often contradicts the next “authoritative” opinion. That understandably leaves patients in a bit of a confused quandary.
My philosophy is without definitive proof, do what makes you feel most at peace. If you’re worried about mercury in fillings, get mercury-free fillings. If you’re worried about metal in your dental work, get metal-free dental work. If your dentist balks at that, get a different dentist; one who works for his patients and not his convenience.
Mercury and Metal-Free Dentistry
It may be just a matter of your dentist not being up-to-date on how to place composite fillings or knowing the new technology. Amalgam and composite fillings have two distinctly different bonding techniques. You don’t want to press your dentist into doing something he’s unfamiliar with. It will mean you’ll get subpar work. There are plenty of mercury-free dentists that are skilled at placing white fillings.
Procedures have upgraded too. Now you can not only get all-porcelain dental crowns, but there are even metal-free dental implants. Zirconia, nicknamed ceramic steel, does a fantastic job of replacing your teeth roots. It’s just as strong as their titanium counterparts.
This blog is brought to you by Decatur, AL Dentists Drs. Drake and Wallace.