I’ve been told the mercury in my amalgam fillings is bad for me and I need to switch them out for the newer white fillings, which are mercury-free. But, now I’m hearing that the white fillings contain BPA which is supposedly just as bad. So, do I pick my poison or do I just extract the offending teeth?
You must feel like you’re being asked to choose between death by poison A or poison B. Fortunately for you, there is an option C, which has no poison. There are now tooth colored BPA free fillings, but not all dentists are aware of them or use them yet.
You probably already know that the American Dental Association (ADA) says that both the mercury in amalgam fillings and the BPA in composite fillings are safe. But, it’s understandable that patients aren’t as confident.
Holistic Dentists Understand Your Concerns
Among dentists, you’ll find a wide range of opinions. Some are staunchly with the ADA and think the whole controversy is contrived. Some are worried they’re inadvertently harming patients and are actively looking for alternatives. And some are in the middle and just provide what their patient’s ask for.
If you’re concerned about the effects of mercury and BPA on your body, you’ll need to find a dentist willing to go the extra mile to work with you. Your best option is to find a holistic dentist. Explain your concerns. If they’re not aware of the BPA free fillings, you can tell them about them. As holistic dentists, they should be willing to try them.
Don’t Extract Teeth Unnecessarily
I know it probably sounds safer just to replace your teeth, but believe me, it will be something you’ll regret. Natural tooth structure is always better. Even if you got the top of the line tooth replacement, dental implants, you’re talking about surgery, a dental crown, and still, there’s the possibility of it failing. And who’s to say in ten or twenty years if they won’t suddenly discover the titanium in dental implants is dangerous too.
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