Mercury Free Dentistry
The dental amalgam controversy refers to the conflicting views over the use of amalgam as a filling material because it contains the element mercury. The concern is focused on the health effects of toxicity or allergy, which may be associated with constant mercury exposure, particularly as an alleged cause of chronic illnesses, autoimmune disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, birth defects, oral lesions, and mental disorders.
Scientists agree that dental amalgam fillings leak mercury into the mouth, but studies vary widely in the amount and whether such amount presents significant health risks.
Dental amalgam is approved for use in most countries including the UK, although Norway, Denmark, and Sweden are notable exceptions. Furthermore in the UK, the Department of Health issued a warning in 1998 to pregnant women to avoid having dental amalgams fillings during pregnancy to avoid possible harm to the foetus.
Many patients report feeling remarkably better from a whole host of conditions after removal of amalgam fillings. At Poland Street we aim to avoid the use of mercury fillings and replace them instead for other restorative white materials like resin bonded fillings and indirect ceramic restorations.