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!
Straightening the smile is one way for patients to make a drastic improvement in their appearance. Patients who have dealt with misaligned bites, spaces between their teeth, and teeth that are crooked and overlapping may have dealt with poor self-esteem and confidence. For several decades, the only way to address malocclusion was with traditional metal bracket and wire braces. However, as technologies and techniques have improved, patients now have Invisalign option available to them through their dentist in Yadkinville, NC.
Invisalign is a method of realigning the teeth using clear aligner trays. These plastic trays are worn over the teeth day and night to reposition them gently. They are removable, which means it is very important that patients comply with treatment to see the desired results. At Virtue Dental Care, Invisalign treatments are used for mild to moderate misalignment of the dental arch and the bite. However, it can accomplish many of the same results as conventional metal orthodontics can.
Dr. Virtue is a general dentist in Yadkinville, NC who focuses on providing his patients with alternative ways to accomplish beautiful, healthy smiles. When patients choose Invisalign, they must first discuss this solution with their dentist to determine if they are appropriate candidates. This can be done with a physical examination and x-rays, as well as evaluating one’s dental history. At Virtue Dental Care, we can work with patients to find out which orthodontic method is best for their smile—and their lifestyle!