Amalgam Fillings Can Safely Be Removed.
The IAOMT and its members are very concerned about excess exposure to mercury when old amalgam fillings are removed. The process of drilling out amalgam fillings liberates quantities of mercury vapor and fine particulates that can be inhaled and absorbed through the lungs.
IAOMT Accredited members, Fellows and Masters are all certified as being proficient in safe amalgam removal techniques.
We have developed some simple methods for reducing this exposure, which all members of the IAOMT should be aware of. For more information, see the article, “Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings” in the Featured Articles section of this website, or the e-learning course at the IAOMT On-Line Learning Center.
Mercury Fillings & Pregnancy.
Mercury in the tissues of a fetus or infant correlates significantly with the number of dental amalgam fillings in the mother. Newborns may be at risk for learning disabilities because of mercury their mother absorbed during pregnancy. Many physicians are testing their patients for mercury toxicity and referring them to biological dentists. Across scientific disciplines, health professionals are realizing that mercury may adversely impact patient health.
Biological Support for Mercury Filling Replacement.
Most biological dentists work in conjunction with physicians, who may prescribe nutritional support and other detoxification methods, before, during and after the replacement of mercury fillings. It is imperative that chronically ill patients seek advice from a physician knowledgeable in mercury toxicity issues.
Is there a proper way to remove mercury fillings?
To prevent additional mercury exposure, find a biological dentist properly trained in mercury filling removal. Patients should inquire about the following amalgam removal protocols:
Utilizing an efficient suction system in the oral cavity with a special tip or its equivalent to contain amalgam particles and mercury vapors. Operating a vacuum system at maximum efficiency. Applying copious amounts of water to the filling during removal. Removing the amalgam in large segments to minimize the generation of mercury vapor and amalgam particulate. Providing the patient and dental staff with a mercury-free source of air.