Numerous studies have shown mercury exposure can have a cumulative toxic effect on humans. Many people have even stopped eating certain fish to avoid exposure to increased mercury. It’s natural to be concerned about your amalgam fillings, but are they dangerous? Should you have them removed?
Let’s look at the facts. Not all forms of mercury are equally toxic. Methylmercury, a compound formed when mercury combines with organic molecules is the most dangerous form of mercury. This is the form of mercury most often found in large fish like salmon and tuna. Methylmercury can accumulate in the body’s tissues and can damage various organ systems.
But what about your silver amalgam dental fillings? Dental amalgam uses elemental mercury. Dentists mix the liquid form with a powder of other metals like silver, tin and copper to create a pliable paste. When placed in a tooth to cover a cavity, the amalgam hardens into a compound.
Dental amalgam restorations, commonly known as silver fillings, contain approximately 50% mercury. Research demonstrates that, over time, these fillings emit trace amounts of mercury vapors. The amounts of these vapors are well-below harmful levels. It is believed that these vapors are released from dental mercury amalgam fillings at higher rates during brushing, cleaning and chewing. A multitude of studies report that there are no demonstrable negative effects due to mercury amalgam.
Goodness Dental is a leading clinic for holistic and biological dentistry in Costa Rica and Guatemala. We treat patients that seek the most bio-compatible solutions for their dental care. For most patients, silver fillings are probably quite safe and unless they are bothersome or unsightly, we generally advise patients to leave them alone. However, if you still want your silver amalgam fillings removed for health or cosmetic reasons, it’s best to use the recommended protocol for safe removal of mercury fillings. The IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology) recommends the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART).
Goodness Dental is ranked the #1 dental clinic in Costa Rica and Guatemala and is recognized as a leader in safe mercury amalgam removal. Traditional safe amalgam removal techniques include the use of masks, water irrigation, and high- volume suction to remove the amalgam from the patient’s oral cavity as quickly as possible after removal.
The following additional protective measures may also be recommended to increase patient safety.
All reasonable precautions are taken to ensure the safety of patients and dental staff during this procedure. For more information about other bio-dentistry procedures such as metal-free fillings, metal-free crowns and metal-free dentures at Goodness Dental, please call 866-218-1036 or 866-672-7947 to speak with one of our dental staff.