At Sinick Family Dental in Medina, we make it a priority to go the extra mile to keep our patients safe. Because of this, we have made our office a mercury-free and mercury-safe practice.
You will not find any amalgam (silver mercury) filling material in our office. We know that your oral health is linked to the health of your entire body, and we do our best to help make you as healthy as possible.
Amalgam fillings have been used in dentistry for decades because there was no good alternative to them until about twenty years ago. Dental materials have changed significantly, and we are now able to offer fillings and other restorations that are just as strong but don’t have the negative side effects that silver mercury fillings have.
One problem with amalgam fillings is that they have been shown to release small amounts of mercury as you chew. Mercury is a heavy metal that can be toxic to your body when it is found in too high of a concentration, leading to symptoms such as dementia, tremors, and several other medical conditions.
In addition to the potentially toxic mercury, amalgam fillings can cause fractures in your teeth that may eventually lead to your tooth breaking around the old filling. The metal used in amalgam fillings expands and contracts at a faster rate than your tooth does. This puts forces on your tooth that it was not designed to withstand. Your tooth will eventually begin to have fracture lines that may lead to tooth structure actually breaking. This difference in expansion rates is the same reason we have all those lovely potholes here in Northeast Ohio during the winter.
Dr. Sinick and the staff at Sinick Family Dental have done extensive research and training in order to keep our patients and ourselves safe. We follow the guidelines set forth by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicity (IAOMT) for silver mercury filling removal. Mercury is vaporized when silver mercury fillings are removed. Because of this, we take extra precautions to make our office a safe environment.
As we remove your old silver fillings, you will be breathing clean, pure 100% oxygen through a nasal hood. In addition to this, we have a special air purifier that pulls the air from right in front of your mouth and removes the mercury vapors through a special filter. We also use a special high-volume suction tool that completely surrounds your tooth. This ensures that we suction all the pieces of the filling away from you as we are removing it from your tooth.
After removing your old silver mercury fillings, we will either replace them with top of the line BPA-free composite (tooth-colored) filling material or porcelain, depending on what your tooth needs.
Our team is here to answer any questions you may have about our method for safely removing your amalgam fillings. We know we do things a little differently than most other dental offices in the area. Please call our office at (330) 725-9851 with questions or to schedule an appointment.