An amalgam (a silver-colored dental filling) possesses around fifty percent mercury
The UNEP (the UN Environment Programme) formalized a global convention to decrease the usage of mercury in 2013. It involves initiatives to lower dental mercury use. In addition, a recent EU mercury regulation is about to ban amalgam use for children under fifteen and breastfeeding or pregnant women, and discuss the feasibility of ending the use of dental amalgam in the EU by 2030.
Many countries had taken protective measures against the use of dental mercury before the 2017 ratification of the mercury treaty by the UNEP. Namely, Sweden and Norway have prohibited the use of dental amalgam, whereas Japan, the Netherlands, Italy, Finland, Estonia, and Denmark have limited the use of dental amalgam to less than five percent of tooth restorations. But, it is still used on nearly forty-five percent of direct dental restorations all over the world.
Mercury vapour can be emitted from these dental fillings into the body, and it has been associated with many health problems
Mercury vapor can be constantly released from dental amalgam. The mercury vapor output could be significantly increased by the number of fillings as well as other things like hot liquid consumption, chewing, and teeth-grinding. Also, mercury may be released during the removal, placement, and replacement of a dental mercury amalgam filling.
Scientists have linked dental mercury amalgam fillings to Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, kidney disease, infertility, hearing loss, depression, chronic fatigue, cardiovascular problems, immunodeficiency/autoimmune disorders, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, antibiotic resistance, Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Alzheimer’s disease, and more.
Certain safety measures could lower the level of mercury vapor that’s released during the amalgam filling removal
Some people opt for silver amalgam filling removal because of device failure, whereas others choose it due to cosmetic purposes or since they want to have dental fillings, which don’t possess mercury. But, the removal process does release mercury vapor as well as fine particulates, which may be inhaled or absorbed through the lungs. It may be harmful to dental workers, dentists, and patients.
The good news is that there are particular safety measures out there that can lower the mercury exposure during the removal of amalgam fillings.