Greenville dentists offer safe amalgam filling removal
Silver amalgam fillings have been used for years to restore decayed teeth. However, the dangers and toxicity of mercury are well known leading patients to seek mercury safe dental practices. Greenville, SC residents searching for holistic dentists have turned to Dr. Palmer, Dr. Knause
and the team at Palmer Distinctive Dentistry. Our practice offers safe amalgam filling removal to patients who request it.
The dangers of mercury
Dental amalgam is used to restore decayed teeth. Amalgam is a combination of metals and may consist of tin, silver, mercury, and copper. Mercury binds the metals creating a strong, durable material. Although durable and possibly less expensive than alternatives, the amalgam mixture can come at a cost to your health. Mercury is toxic and has been linked to neurological problems, kidney issues, and pregnancy-related problems.
Mercury safe removal
Many patients already have silver fillings in their mouths. When requested or needed, those fillings can be replaced. Common reasons for amalgam removal include:
- The current filling or tooth is fractured or decayed.
- Patient concerns have arisen regarding mercury vapors from the filling.
- Amalgam fillings can damage the tooth or discolor it. Tooth-colored replacements are biocompatible, durable, and aesthetically pleasing.
For patients who request amalgam removal, dental practices must adhere to specific protocols laid out by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). Drs. Palmer and Knause are accredited members of the IAOMT and follow the guidelines to ensure the health and safety of the patient and the dental team. Some of the safety measures include:
- A separator to collect mercury waste
- A filtration system to filter mercury vapors and particles
- Protective gear for the staff
- A dental dam and oxygen mask for the patient
- Charcoal for the patient to chew to absorb residual mercury
Following the procedure, patients are given specific instructions to ensure the proper care and to watch for mercury toxicity symptoms. Your health is our priority. Contact Palmer Distinctive Dentistry today. (864) 332-4113