Safe Amalgam Removal
Amalgam fillings have been placed by dentists in the USA since 1830. A dental amalgam (silver) filling is an alloy that includes mercury, silver, tin and copper. Mercury is used to bind the alloy together into filling material. Even at that time, the side effects of using mercury in fillings was apparent.
At Health Centered Dentistry, we do not place amalgam fillings due to mercury content. We use bio-compatible material for fillings which includes resin (white) composite material. When the time comes for your old amalgam filling to be removed, we want to be the ones to help you have it removed safely.
Amalgam is treated as a bio-hazard when it is shipped to dental offices and when it is removed from the mouth. We want to make sure you are protected from mercury exposure when the amalgam fillings are removed. According to the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT):
“The process of drilling out amalgam fillings liberates quantities of mercury vapor and fine particulates that can be inhaled and absorbed through the lungs, and this is potentially harmful to patients, dentists, and dental workers.”
HCD follows the IAOMT Safe Amalgam Removal Protocol which protects the patient and our team from exposure to mercury.
If the time has come to remove your amalgam fillings, we have specific protocols that will help protect you during treatment. These include:
- High-vacuum suction including Clean Up® device
- Adequate filtration in each operatory
- High-volume oral aerosol vacuum
- Protective gowns for patients and dental team
- Respiratory grade mask for dental team
- Oxygen delivered via nasal mask for the patient
- IV Vitamin C
We also provide supplements prior to treatment which include charcoal, glutathione, and selenium. These supplements help to chelate with mercury particles and expulse them from the body.
If you have any questions about amalgam filling removal, or would like to schedule an appointment with your Anchorage dentist at Health Centered Dentistry, give us a call today at (907) 276-4537!