What is mercury free?

Silver fillings are a filling that contain actual mercury. Dentists also call silver fillings amalgam fillings. Amalgam is a compound that contains the heavy metal mercury, which is a toxic material.

Amalgam has been used as a filling material for more than 150 years. This does not mean that its use should continue without question. It has now been scientifically proven beyond any doubt that mercury vapour releases from the surface of these fillings during chewing and the consumption of hot liquids. This vapour passes through the skin in the mouth, and into the body.

Mercury has a strong affinity to lipid or fatty tissue. The biggest organ accumulation of fatty tissue is the brain and nervous system. This can have an effect on the endocrine and immune systems.
People have varied immune system responses. A breakdown of the body’s immune system often presents a varied number of symptoms.
The presence of other heavy metals, notably lead, cadmium, aluminium and nickel, worsen immune depression.

Here at Oldmachar Dental Care, we have chosen to be mercury free. Instead, we choose to use healthier materials that are more bio-compatible with the body. We are also well equipped to safely remove any old amalgam fillings for you and replace them with white fillings instead.

In a 1997 publication the British Dental Association stated, “About 3% of the population are estimated to suffer from mercury sensitivity.” From a population of 65 million that is 1.75 million people in this country with showing symptoms from mercury toxicity. A large number indeed!

What is amalgam?
Dental amalgam is a common material used to fill cavities and has been widely used in
dentistry for 150 years. Fillings made with amalgam also are known as silver fillings. Over
the years, concerns have been raised about the use of amalgam as it contains
mercury. Amalgam fillings are alloys containing silver, mercury and trace amounts of tin,
copper and zinc.
What is Mercury?
Mercury is a naturally occurring chemical element. It comes in liquid form, like in
thermometers and also when heated, as a gas. Amalgam can also be mixed with other
materials.
Effects of Mercury
Mercury has a strong affinity to lipid or fatty tissue. The biggest organ accumulation of fatty
tissue is the brain and nervous system. This can have an effect on the endocrine and
immune systems.
People have varied immune system responses. A breakdown of the body’s immune system
often presents a varied number of symptoms.
The presence of other heavy metals, notably lead, cadmium, aluminium and nickel, worsen
immune depression.