Is mercury filling removal in West Palm Beach safe?
The traditional technique for removing a filling is to drill it out. This method is fast and efficient, but, depending on the filling material, it may not be safe. Amalgam fillings contain more that 50 percent mercury, which is the second most toxic element found on our planet. All dental amalgam radiates some mercury vapor, although according to the American Dental Association the amount is minimal and therefore not hazardous. However, the amount of mercury that a patient is exposed to during amalgam filling removal can be much higher for several reasons.
- Surface area – The amount of vapor released depends on the size of the surface. As the filling is broken into small bits, the amount of surface area increases. Tiny filings are almost entirely surface.
- Heat – Drilling generates heat, which naturally releases vapor.
- Particulate matter – When you grind something, it creates a cloud of dust. Amalgam fillings are no exception, with over half of the particles generated being less than one micron. That means they will easily enter the lungs, to be broken down and absorbed by the body.
Health conscious, holistic dentists at Pure Dental Care take a proactive approach to protecting patients during any procedure, including removing fillings. They use the protocol developed by the IAOMT for safe mercury removal. This includes:
- Removing the filling in larger pieces, drastically reducing the heat and fine particles
- Using a suction device to collect particles as they are created
- Using a rubber dam to catch any remaining particles
- Covering the patient’s skin to prevent particles from clinging
- Providing the patient with fresh, piped in supplemental air
- Air filtration in the dental office
The safe mercury removal protocol was developed to prevent ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact. When these and other steps in the protocol are followed, the patient is completely covered and breathing clean air throughout the process.
If you have amalgam fillings that are discolored, failing, or you simply want to replace them with biocompatible cosmetic fillings, we can help. Call our West Palm Beach office at (855) 883-0355 and schedule your appointment today.
Back to Safe Mercury Removal Page