Providing Better Smiles to Calgary & nearby areas of Alberta
A recent news article by Reuters in the Calgary Herald discussed how US regulators are seeking a second opinion on whether mercury containing fillings pose a risk to dental patients especially children and pregnant women. They want experts to assess how much mercury dental patients are exposed to and how much exposure is acceptable.
This is an excellent idea. Personally I believe we have much better alternatives to mercury fillings today such as white fillings and porcelain. I have not placed a mercury fillings in my office since 1999. Even if vapours are found not to be an issue the environmental impact of the amalgam waste is too great. The Canadian Dental Association do recommend Mercury Seperators in the suction system of dental offices to reduce the environmental impact on our waterways. Amalgam ( mercury ) fillings have been a wonderful asset to the dental health of the population but we now have alternatives for replacing non- functional old fillings and any new fillings.
Dr. Jennifer Silver is a highly accomplished dental surgeon with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her educational accomplishments include deans honours list, an oral surgery award and best research project. Prior to this degree, she graduated with honors from Dalhousie University’s Dental Hygiene Program and worked in this field for 10 years.
The areas of dentistry that holds special interest for Dr. Silver include oral medicine and whole-body dentistry. She currently devotes time and resources toward helping patients with TMJ pain and sleep apnea, while continuing to provide general dentistry as well. Future interests include devoting time to additional oral surgery training. Jen strives to treat her patients as if they were family. She strongly believes in a multi-disciplinary approach for patient care. She is part of a large network of specialists that she trusts and collaborates with when helping patients.