I read that the Minamata Treaty came into effect last year, but dentists in the U.S. are still providing amalgam fillings. Are they violating the law?
You’re right that the Minamata treaty went into effect last year. However, this treaty has to do with the disposal of the mercury more than the use of it. It’s based on a Japanese village where the inhabitants were poisoned by mercury which got into the waterways. I’m sure every U.S. dentist who still uses amalgam fillings is aware of the treaty and is in compliance with the disposal. However, they’re still permitted to provide the fillings.
You should be aware the American Dental Association still considers silver amalgam fillings safe. Though, as I’m sure you’re aware by your question, there is a growing movement concerned about the safety of the mercury content in the fillings.
If you’re concerned, you can always go to a mercury-free dentist. They will only place white, composite fillings.
Mercury-free versus Holistic Dentists
There is a growing interest in healthy dental care. Some are asking for what’s called a natural dentist, a biological dentist, or a holistic dentist. While every holistic dentist is a mercury-free dentist, not every mercury-free dentist is a holistic dentist.
Using a biological dentist means they factor in every aspect of healthcare along with your dental health. They take great pains to ensure nothing unhealthy enters your body during your treatment. They’re also much more willing to work with any allergies you have.
For instance, if you have a metal sensitivity, they’ll make sure you get a metal-free dental crown, instead of a metal-based crown.
This blog is brought to you by Kalamazoo Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Susan Dennis.