The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised certain “vulnerable and high-risk groups” to avoid getting dental amalgam fillings if possible due to the potentially harmful effects the mercury in these fillings may pose to their health.
In a recent statement, the FDA has updated its recommendations on dental amalgam and potential risks to certain individuals that may be posed by these mercury-containing fillings that are used to restore the missing structure and surfaces of decayed teeth.
The groups that the FDA has listed as facing greater risks for potential harmful health effects include:
Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury and a powdered alloy comprising silver, tin and copper. The FDA has been reviewing and monitoring scientific publications and reports and conducting public discussions on the effects of dental amalgam and mercury vapor on patient health for over 20 years.
They now also recommend non-mercury alternatives like composite resins and glass ionomer cement fillings, especially for vulnerable populations. The FDA has made these recommendations after obtaining the views of healthcare professionals and public comments about dental amalgam and other metal implants and evaluating published literature.
If you are searching for natural, mercury-free dentistry in Yadkinville, North Carolina, make Virtue Dental Care your provider of choice!
Dental implants are a wonderful way for patients with missing teeth to restore their smiles and improve their oral health. However, once you have affordable dental implants placed in your mouth, proper maintenance is vital for the long-term success of your implants. Dr. Mary Katherine Taylor of Virtue Dental Care in Yadkinville, North Carolina, will work with you to help you not only find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, but also educate you on the process of placement and what to expect when it comes to the care and attention of your new restorations!
Good dental implant candidates:
The placement of dental implants typically requires a series of visits to Virtue Dental Care. During the first visit, Dr. Taylor will take dental X-rays and assess your jawbone density to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. If so, she will plan out your individualized treatment for implant placement, which will take place at another appointment. Several months are needed to allow the implants to integrate with the jawbone through a process known as osseointegration before restorations are placed on top. Restorations that can be used over dental implants include crowns, bridges, and dentures.
Here is a guide on how to properly care for your dental implants:
If you would like more information on dental implant placement and care, please contact the team at Virtue Dental Care in Yadkinville, NC, by calling (336) 606-0040. We’re here to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!
We also serve those in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Statesville, Mooresville, and Charlotte, North Carolina.