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Mercury Cavity Fillings: What's The Risk?

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Dr. Gore shares the most common risks associated with mercery filled cavities.

Dr. Gore:
Many times patients will ask me, my feeling about mercury and the fillings in their mouth and I simply tell patients that there’s such a small percentage of the population that has a true allergy to the mercury in their fillings. Now the one thing about the mercury toxicity in the fillings is that something we have been using that filling material for years.

We didn’t think it was bad at the time and the bottom line is that the mercury fillings are so user-friendly and understand majority of dentists over the years have been putting quick-in and quick-out. We’re in a moist, full of saliva atmosphere we need something that will stand up to time and when dentistry first started it was one of those things that the different components of the mercury fillings was the one thing that worked the best.

In today’s technology it’s just not the best filling material we have for teeth. So although the mercury toxicity issue is controversial we have so much better materials today, materials that are more bio-compatible with the tooth; that are healthier for the tooth. So in our office we simply elect not to use the mercury fillings.

About Dr. Rod Gore, D.D.S.:
Scottsdale dentist Dr. Rod Gore is a Northwestern University graduate and has been in practice for 14 years. He is one of 210 dentists worldwide to receive accreditation status with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in 1995. He is committed to advancing his education to provide the latest techniques and technology to Scottsdale Dentistry patients.

Visit Dr. Gore at his website

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