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Dr. William E. Virtue DDS, FIAOMT, NMD
I have been going to Dr. Virtue's dental office for many years after going to many other dentists in the area with no sucess. This practice is the TOTAL EXPERIENCE! From the time in walk in until you walk out you feel that not only are you in the best hands but that you are among experienced, caring friends. Not only do they care about their patients but about each other and it is apparent from the first visit. If you are looking for a dentist I strongly recommend Virtue Dental Care in Yadkinville. It is worth trying. Bet you can't just go one time!
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Dentist near Piedmont NC discusses the dangers of mercury poisoning from fillings
Virtue Dental Care takes pride in maintaining and restoring patients' oral and overall health as a mercury-free dentist skilled in the safe handling and removal of this material. You may be wondering: What does mercury have to do with general dentistry? Why does a mercury-free dentist exist in the first place?

To understand why dentists are so concerned about this metal is to understand a bit more about mercury. Everyone is exposed to mercury in the air, water, and some foods. In fact, you may be aware of the concerns associated with the build-up of organic mercury in some fish. This methylmercury is absorbed by the digestive tract and has been associated with birth defects, vision disturbances, muscle weakness, and impaired speech and hearing.

You may also be exposed to organic or inorganic mercury through substances such as skin creams, which may result in inflammation, diarrhea, and mood and cognitive disturbances.

The silver fillings used through the decades contain a combination of metals, which include mercury. The type of mercury found in these amalgam fillings is known as elemental mercury. These fillings have been banned in some countries, while others are regulating its use. Furthermore, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has established standards that govern the removal of these fillings, which Virtue Dental Care staff follow.

Why is there a fuss over mercury in fillings?

As with other types of mercury, this elemental mercury is also associated with a number of health risks to adults, children, and even unborn babies.

A powdered alloy is mixed with liquid mercury to form a putty, which is then placed in the cavity or area of decay and shaped to rebuild a damaged tooth. Mercury is released in the form of a vapor, which can be inhaled and absorbed by the lungs.

If mercury is absorbed on a daily basis by amalgam fillings-wearers, you may be plagued by a metallic taste. You may be nauseous, have coughing fits and difficulty breathing, or your gums may swell and bleed. Other symptoms include tremors, irritability and other mood changes, insomnia, and neuromuscular deficiencies. At higher exposures, elemental mercury is associated with:
  • Kidney malfunction
  • Respiratory failure
  • Heart and vascular system dysfunction
Virtue Dental Care recommends the removal of amalgam fillings to treat chronic mercury-related conditions among Piedmont NC patients and to prevent mercury poisoning from fillings. Unsafe removal of these fillings is associated with more mercury-related problems because mercury is released in greater quantities as a vapor during drilling. It is important to collaborate with a mercury-safe dentist that follows IAOMT protocols.

Additionally, Virtue Dental Care promotes the use of non-mercury fillings, an aesthetically pleasing and safer alternative to the traditional silver standard.

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