In the past, metal crowns and fillings were considered the acceptable standard for dental care. Most people have some metal dental work, usually on the back teeth which are more susceptible to decay. Recent findings on the potential toxicity of mercury in silver crowns and fillings have caused a stir in the dental community. Although much debate still exists, at Hardin Advanced Dentistry, we won't gamble with your health. We place mercury-free crowns, fillings, in-lays, and on-lays, and we can safely remove existing metal dental work for a more natural-looking smile and improved overall health.
To find out more about metal-free dentistry in the Cincinnati area, please call Hardin Advanced Dentistry at (513) 234-5531 today.
Repeated studies show that mercury vapors can, and do, escape from metal fillings. These vapors can travel to other parts of the body, including the stomach, intestines, heart, lungs, kidney, liver, spleen, pancreas, and ovaries. Effects of mercury poisoning can take upwards of 20 years to manifest and often onset slowly. However, chronic mercury toxicity has been linked to neurological impairment, decreased fertility, depression, dizziness, gastrointestinal problems, migraines, irregular heartbeat, memory loss, numbness, oral ulcers, and more.
Mercury in the Media
Despite numerous findings pointing toward the toxicity of mercury in fillings, the ADA still supports amalgam fillings, claiming that mercury levels are too low to cause harm. However, the FDA changed its stance in 2009, issuing a news release that warned against the use of amalgams for pregnant patients or those with sensitivity to mercury. They also warned dentists to use adequate ventilation when handling dental amalgam.
Safe Mercury Removal
Dr. Gary Hardin and Dr. Tara Hardin practice mercury-free dentistry. We use alternatives such as composite fillings and CEREC all-ceramic crowns, which do not contain any mercury. When removing existing mercury/metal dental work from our patients, we use safe methods, including rubber dam isolation, to minimize mercury exposure and reduce the amount of mercury vapors emitted in the process.
Hardin Advanced Dentistry is a proud member of Dr. Tom McGuire's International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists (IAMSD). As part of our committed whole body approach to oral health care, we work closely with IAMSD to share important information with our patients about the impact dental issues and treatments have on overall health.
If you would like to learn more about mercury-free dentistry, please contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry online or by calling (513) 234-5531 today. Welcoming patients throughout Ohio, including Mason, Dayton, and Cincinnati, as well as Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky.