The significance of safe mercury removal in our Greenville practice
In addition to wanting a different material for new dental fillings, many people wish to have existing mercury fillings removed, a practice that the mainstream dental establishment frowns upon, except in instances of fracture. The issue with removing mercury fillings is, without proper precautions, patients and the dental staff are subjected to further exposure to toxic mercury in their efforts to improve health.
Thousands of dentists regularly remove amalgam fillings, without considering this subsequent exposure. In many instances, amalgam fillings will be removed and replaced with new amalgam fillings! Although the American Dental Association holds the position that the mercury in amalgam fillings are safe, dentists who electively remove amalgam fillings are admonished for causing “unnecessary exposure to excess mercury.”
Mercury has been studied in multiple forms for many years. This substance is no longer used in thermometers, as it once was, due to its toxicity and danger to living organisms. Although studied to a lesser degree than mercury itself, or mercury vapors, amalgam particulates are now also seen as a problem. These tiny particles are produced during the standard drilling removal of amalgam fillings, 65 percent or more of this cloud being smaller than one micron.
This tiny size is easily inhaled deep into the lungs, where they break down into the system and become absorbed into the body over the course of a few days. Research has shown that the exposure to mercury in this way could measure one hundred times that of exposure through vapors alone.
Although no scientific literature exists on the specific topic, it is common knowledge in the dental community that, often, patients who have had amalgam fillings removed become sick shortly thereafter, regardless of what material was used as a replacement to that filling.
Dentists who have long known of the dangers of mercury also recognized, long ago, that removing such fillings posed a risk of excessive exposure. Organizations like the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology have established precise protocols for the removal of amalgam fillings in an effort to avoid this excessive exposure. It is by following these protocols that we work with our patients.
Your health is an important aspect to your holistic dentist, who knows how amalgam fillings can affect the entire body.
Contact Palmer Distinctive Dentistry for more information about holistic dentistry, our practice, or mercury fillings.