Silver Mercury fillings are called “amalgams” and contain mercury, these type of fillings have a negative impact to your health. To ensure that safe removal is practiced, we follow the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology) SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal) protocol.
These are some of the precautions we take:
- A rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) or a Klean-UP to isolate the other teeth and to prevent the amalgam from going down the patient’s throat.
- A super strong dry suction to ensure vapors are eliminated and exit the building.
- Charcoal to absorb the amalgam dust.
We always ask that the patient return to their healthcare professional after the Silver Mercury fillings are replaced, and to follow their Doctor’s instructions in order to detoxify the mercury.
A body that is mineral and sulfur deficient can’t detox mercury. It hangs on to the mercury rather than letting go. Having sufficient sulfur and minerals in the body is essential to detoxing mercury. Please see below for our recommendations.
Safety precautions taken when removing silver amalgam (mercury) fillings
Safety precautions practiced when removing silver amalgam (mercury) fillings.
Mercury vaporizes at room temperature. Such vapor will come out soon as a dentist touches an amalgam filling with a drill. If the patients breathe this vapor, it goes into the lungs.
Breathing in the mercury vapor can make the patient ill. To prevent this from happening, we take the following safety precautions:
Safety glasses are put over your eyes to protect them from settling mercury particles and vapor. We have you breathe pure bottled oxygen through a nasal cannula (tube) to minimize your breathing in the air around your face, which is full of mercury vapor.
A rubber dam will be placed over your mouth. It is a sheet of rubber that helps keep the mercury from going down your throat.
A high-volume air evacuator is placed directly in front of your face while the filling is being drilled out. It pulls all the air-borne particles away from your face, to prevent you from breathing/swallowing them.
Copious amounts of cold water will be constantly squirted on the filling as it’s being drilled out, to keep the temperature down.
A clean-up device will be used when necessary. The clean-up fits over the tooth and is attached to the suction, so it pulls all particles away from the tooth as the filling is being drilled out.
Powdered charcoal and chlorella are placed in your mouth under the rubber dam. Both these substances can absorb mercury particles before they get absorbed into your system.
The fillings will be taken out with as little drilling as possible, in as large chunks as possible, to minimize the amount of mercury vapor released into the air.
An industrial-strength ion generator is mounted over the patient’s chair, which electrostatically captures any particles of mercury vapor that are released.
The dental staff protects themselves by wearing industrial-grade gas masks while the mercury is being drilled out. They know that the air around them is full of mercury vapor, which could be a liability to both their bodies and to yours.
General suggestions prior to mercury removal:
- No vitamin C – 2 days before dental appointment
- Take all regularly schedule medicines, including blood pressure medication
- Eat a good meal before your appointment
- May need up to 4 hours for appointment – please plan accordingly
Recommended supplements to take:
- Msm – 1000/2000 mg per day
- Vitamin C – 1000 mg
Recommended foods high in sulphur:
- Green leafy vegetables
- See your doctor for detox & chelation
- Consider doing colonic
- Consider getting vitamin C IV (intravenous)
An amazing patient testimonial!
What was your experience like at Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry?
Carla – my story actually starts on a Saturday night with a movie and popcorn my goodness if you have ever bitten into an un-popped cornel you know exactly what I am talking about. It was a Saturday night I had to do something pacify it till the next day and I did. The next morning my pain was very much subsided I was able to then not rapidly schedule an appointment with my then dentist. I was able to take some time. I scheduled and appointment and it really gave me an opportunity to research the possible outcomes maybe some things that the doctor suggest I could do some procedures, and I really wanted to be well informed. On the day of my appointment the dentist said that I needed a root canal and I said you know let me explore some other options and some alternatives and the dentist said no you need a root canal. I said I don’t want a root canal I understand that leaving that nerve there could potentially cause illness – it is a potentially dead nerve i really don’t want to go through that procedure so can we please discuss some alternatives, and the response was borderline sarcasm ridicule. I needless to say did not go forward with anything and I started my quest to look for a holistic dentist and I actually found a feed from one of my friends from social media who had posted about a holistic dentist and it was natural dentistry! I almost jumped through the screen I called her right away I asked her about her experience it was absolutely amazing and I called natural dentistry – so welcoming the voice was when I called. It was completely different, something that I had not expired. During that call I was wanting to make sure they were going to be open to talking about options and alternatives and they were so open to that, not only were they open to that but they offered education and helped me understand that advocating for myself was the greatest thing I could have done and that was amazing. We scheduled the appointment and I do want to see this – they are 2 hours away from me, and that appointment that they scheduled was very robust. It was intended to really satisfy the amount of time that it took for me to drive out there and they did work on me that day and I was really happy about that and they took that into consideration that it was not just and appointment – that I would have an x-ray done and then comeback and it was really a very important detail robust appointment and that was really great on their end. My experience with them goodness – right from the get go you know from that first call for example they directed me to their website where they actually have videos and information in education so here I am trying to prep for my other dentist appointment right – for possible outcomes and then here is this dentist actually providing me with those tools! That is on their website already. So that was great we talked a little bit about the options of my tooth as well as maybe changing out my amalgam so those grey filings that we have in our mouth and lot of information was given to me on that and that first appoint that I had there – was a few hours long because we did some work and we developed a treatment plan and it was just a great start of our relationship with them, so one of the appointments ended up actually being an extraction for that famous popcorn tooth. Wow I have to say that I had a tooth puled in the past and that experience was nothing compared to the experience of natural dentistry. What happened is that my tooth was actually – had to be pulled out in pieces. It was not just a clean extraction it was in pieces and before they were done they took an x-ray of my mouth. I could not believe it – I said why are you taking an x-ray? And they said well you know in general dentistry you are allowed or they are allowed to leave a piece or a fragment of your broken tooth inside your mouth. I was floored! In the x-ray there was a lite tiny bit of tooth left in my mouth, they took that to the chair and they pulled it out took another x-ray to make sure it was completely extracted – that there was nothing left and they took everything out! I mean it was amazing there was nothing there and I felt so good and of course I am appalled that people are walking around with possibly little bits of tooth in their mouths but it was really eye opening. That they take that extra step to ensure that they do a great job for you, that this is to just a lets pull a tooth and run to the next patient. This is whole person care right, this is taking care of us as a patient, not just for today but looking in the future of any potential something that may happen if they don’t do a great job today so it was really awesome.so I did another procedure they actually drew blood, I accepted to do this procedure, so they took blood and they coagulated it. What happened is that the little strips of blood they packed it into my mouth to assist in the healing process. That made it so that I would not have any tri socket ad that my heeling would be a healthy healing and just a healthier way – knowing that my own body was facilitating and helping me heal so it was really fantastic I had never experienced that and it was just nice dot know that they really go out of their way to offer alternatives and better things for you than just having the tooth done and walked out for the next patient. It was really extra care really great care. How the mouth is related to your body and how you mouth affect your health was really an outstanding educational piece. One of the things I wanted to talk to them about was the removing of the amalgam in their mouth and that was the grey fillings that we had in there the amalgam actually releases fumes in your mouth when you are drinking something or drinking something cold and I didn’t know that so what potentially can happened over time in your body by having the amalgam in your mouth could be anything really so they have a list of health conditions that might be impacted and it was really neat to see how that worked. So it was really important to me to have the amalgams removed from my mouth. That procedure in itself was amazing I mean they should do a documentary because it was so amazing what they did so they protected me during the process and how they did that was that they provided me with oxygen they covered my eyes, they covered me they also protected themselves. I mean think about this – this is just removing that grey filling in your mouth and they are taking such precautions to ensure that during this process I am safe and they themselves are safe. They protected themselves by wearing screens and ensuring also that when the amalgam was removed that it was disposed of not only in a very protective way to not contaminate our water systems but also to ensure that it was done the correct wee and not just thrown in the garbage or down the drain. I feel so good that I have replaced. I had 2! I replaced both of them and I am so happy and I just feel that I did that for my health not just now but my health 20 years from now 10 year from now 20 years from now 30 years from now so this was an important step for m and my health journey to take care of myself. I absolutely think that natural dentistry is the place to go from anybody who wants to explore new options within dentistry to experience a different type of care you know we tend to refer to what we know to be as traditional so right maybe traditional dentistry for most people is their typical dentistry experience. I feel that going to a holistic dentist should be the traditional way. Going to a holistic dentist shod be the only way that we receive treatment in our mouths and our whole bodies right. So it is not just about enough it is whole person care and natural dentistry does that, they really take the time to ensure that the patient understands what they are doing and how their mouth affects their entire body and thy ear looking out for everything. So they shod be the tradition they should be the only way to go they should be the standard across the board and they should have offices, hear me – they should have offices everywhere like throughout the entire sates of Florida. I mentioned that they are 2 hours away and I heard that people go from all over where they are actually booking hotels and saying because they are so good I mean think about that if they are so well versed in everything that they do that people are travelling from all over to take care from them, so kudos to them continue I am there – I am driving those 2 hours. It was my absolute pleasure to share my experience. So continued success to everybody there you all do a great job.
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