Protect Your Oral Health with Safe Amalgam Removal Services
Posted By Dr. Jeanne Anne Krizman
If you are more than a few decades old, it’s likely you have or heard about silver-colored fillings. Back then, composite fillings didn’t exist — amalgam fillings were the only option on the table. But as you will learn, amalgam fillings aren’t the best in the cavity-filling business, and the more they remain in your mouth, the more harm they cause. Luckily, Tucson Biological Dentistry can help you get rid of your amalgam fillings safely and comfortably.
Reasons you should get your amalgam fillings removed
While silver-colored fillings effectively fight cavities, their major downside is the potential health effects of mercury exposure. Amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of metals, including zinc, tin, and silver. Mercury binds with these alloys to form a durable and long-lasting filling.
Unfortunately, these fillings can release mercury in the form of vapor, which the lungs can absorb. While the mercury leaks remain at a safe level even for persons with multiple fillings, it’s still critical to be safe than sorry by replacing your amalgam fillings with their composite counterparts.
The other reasons you need to remove your silver-colored fillings include:
If the fillings show signs of wear or decay
To enjoy the aesthetic appeal of composite fillings
If your fillings are loose
Whatever the reason you would like to lose your amalgam fillings, we will always stand by your decision. Dr. Jeanne Anne Krizman, DMD MPH, is trained to remove amalgam fillings safely and is more than happy to help you every step of the way.
Mercury safe amalgam removal process
Dr. Krizman is accredited by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) to use the SMART protocol to remove amalgam dental fillings. The procedure is conducted in a safe environment to guarantee the safety of both the patient and the dentist. Here is the detailed step-by-step process of amalgam fillings removal.
Days before the treatment, we will ask you to start taking zinc or vitamin C to detoxify your body. During the D-Day, we will request you to rinse and swallow a slurry of charcoal. The aim is to absorb any mercury in your mouth and along the digestive tract. Before the treatment starts, you and the dental team will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for optimal safety.
During treatment, the procedure may differ from patient to patient, but the general process is:
We use ozonated water to reduce dust and mercury particles in the treatment area.
We have DentAirVac high-speed placed at the site of filling removal to trap any vapor, fumes, or smell from the amalgam fillings.
Our dental team provides an alternative source of oxygen (nasal hood) to ensure you aren’t inhaling the mercury-filled vapors.
Our dental practice also has a Tact-Air 10-8 mercury vapor ionizer to capture any mercury vapors that escape from the fillings.
We then use a high-speed evacuation device covering the entire tooth as the small amalgam particles are sucked away. Meanwhile, we use a rubber dam to ensure that harmful particles don’t leak in unwanted areas.
After the process, we flush your mouth thoroughly with water and rinse with a slurry of charcoal again.
Finally, we dispose of the mercury-contaminated items according to federal, state, and local regulations.
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