Refusal of amalgam fillings
Amalgam fillings are an ambiguous thing with regard to health effects. Previously, due to the lack of alternatives, countries that completely prohibited or restricted their use up to 90% seemed unreasonable, to some extent. Moreover, in some of these countries, medicine has not shone with innovations anyway, like many other areas of life.
But now a similar decision is being made by the member states of the European Union. At the level of development of EU medicine, they are quite capable of completely abandoning this product. However, here they also approached the matter carefully and thoughtfully.
Amalgam fillings era sunset in Europe
The European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the EU have concluded an interim agreement, according to which from July 1, 2018 until July 1, 2019 dentists are no longer allowed to place amalgam fillings for patients under the age of 15, pregnant women, or mothers who breast-feed. The agreement also states that before the deadline – July 1, 2019 – participating countries should develop a plan to reduce the treatment of people using amalgam fillings. The European Parliament and the Council of the EU will have to consider it and approve it. In other words, everyone who should have been aware is aware. The result may be that the next generation of Europe will no longer remember that amalgam fillings were once used.
Why is this so critical?
Fierce debate has been going on about the dangers of amalgam fillings for quite some time. One way or another – they will only benefit from health benefits as fillings, but the material was not chosen as the safest. At the same time, if you try to find on the Internet information about the real state of things and the consequences of wearing them for a long time, you will come across at least various speculations and headlines in the style of the “yellow press”, which mainly cling to mercury in the composition . For an average person who is not related to health systems at the state level, it is enough to know the following – amalgam fillings will always emit vapors, you just have to heat them to the temperature of slightly hot coffee. It will leave its imprint on health over time. Even an unborn baby with an amalgam filling is at risk of exposure.
The most popular type of amalgam as a material for fillings is silver. In addition to mercury and, obviously, silver, it also contains a number of other elements, among which tin and zinc can be distinguished.
There is a point in this. Amalgam fillings are very durable and can last more than thirty years, and even after such a period of time, shrinkage, if any, will be minimal. In addition, amalgam has a unique property – resistance to moisture. In part, it inhibits the development of secondary caries.
The decisive factor was that, for all its merits, the price of the material was not too high. In fact, it was relatively low.
Taking into account all these factors – to come up with a quick and simple alternative in a short time, combining at least part of the advantages of an amalgam filling without the most significant drawbacks – this is not an easy task. But now, probably, a tangible shift has begun in this direction.