I know there is tons of mercury in amalgam fillings. I made my dentist promise he’d never give me an amalgam filling. He promised and said only white fillings or crowns for me. Then I got a crown last week. I found out later there’s something called an amalgam glass isomer underneath it and the white crown on top. Does this mean I have mercury in my mouth?
It’s likely the word amalgam that is throwing you. Because of its context in the silver-colored fillings, people assume it is the word associated with mercury. That’s not the case. The word amalgam means mixture. While it’s true that amalgam fillings are made mostly of mercury, that’s not true of the glass isomer. It is a mixture, but it’s mercury-free. It’s usually used to build up the area in the case of a dental crown.
I can understand the confusion. I did want to mention though, it’s important you feel you can trust your dentist. He gave you his word to keep your dental care mercury-free. The fact that you worried he’d lied to you worries me.
Dentists are in an important relationship with their patients. We work in a vulnerable part of your body. Not only that, but you can’t see what we’re doing unless we provide some type of video system that enables you vision.
If there’s something in your gut telling you not to trust your dentist, you’re better served finding a different one. But, based on what you’ve said, he’s done nothing to make me think he can’t be trusted.
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