For many Charlotte, NC area patients, there is some confusion between the terms “mercury safe” and “mercury free” used in everyday dentistry. General dentists who state they are “mercury free” are indicating that they do not place dental restorations such as silver amalgam fillings. Though silver amalgam fillings have been used for many years to repair teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay, they do contain approximately 50 percent mercury. Mercury is a material that can be incredibly toxic to patients. This negatively affects the oral systemic connection, causing the toxins to be released into the body and affecting it in numerous ways, including physical manifestations, which become serious medical problems and even neurological issues.
In order to be completely safe about the use of mercury in fillings, patients are encouraged to visit a dental practice that is “mercury safe.” Mercury safe dental practices, such as Holistic Dental Centers, are dental facilities that not only avoid the placement of silver amalgam fillings, but can safely remove silver amalgam fillings in a controlled environment. The IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) is a group that has set forth a variety of standards and protocols that are to be used by holistic dentists to ensure safe removal of silver amalgam fillings. This should be done in a way that eliminates the exposure of the patient and the dental team to the toxins emitted by the mercury when removed. This includes coverage of the face and body, proper ventilation systems, and filters and vacuum standards to remove the toxins from the air.
Dr. Carl McMillan of Holistic Dental Centers are committed to providing a safe environment for the removal of silver amalgam fillings and are readily available to help replace these fillings with biocompatible solutions such as composite resin. Patients who are seeking a quality team of holistic professionals should contact our practice knowing that the protocols of the IAOMT are followed to ensure safety of all involved during the removal of these mercury-based fillings. Contact us today to book a consultation appointment and examination to learn more about the steps of safe mercury removal.