There seems to be conflicting views on the use of amalgam as a filling material for teeth because it contains mercury, which is known to be toxic. Some scientists believe that constant mercury vapors emitted from teeth fillings may cause some people to have allergies, chronic illnesses, autoimmune diseases, birth defects, oral lesions, etc. If you have amalgam fillings and are concerned about the possible health risks associated with them, speak with a cosmetic dentist about having your mercury amalgam fillings removed and replaced with healthier alternatives, such as porcelain or composite fillings.
Previous studies show that dental amalgam fillings leak traces of mercury into the mouth, though it's unknown whether the amount is significant enough to present health risks. Amalgam is still widely used today because of its durability, price and simplicity of use.
Mercury Amalgam Removal Procedure
It's imperative that your dental practitioner follow certain procedures to protect you as well as him/herself during this procedure. Certain detoxification protocols should be followed after amalgam fillings are removed.
Your dentist must use a rubber dam to keep some of the hot vapors from directly entering the tissues of your mouth. The dam also may be effective at keeping amalgam particles from dripping down your throat. Some dentists place respirators on their patients during the drilling process. Your dentist should use a special drill that delivers a lot of water with special high-speed suction. The use of air filters in treatment rooms is common to reduce the amount of mercury vapors being inhaled.
Once removal of the mercury filling is completed, your dentist may refer you to a physician for intravenous vitamin C. Vitamin C’s antioxidant qualities help minimize the impact of mercury entering your bloodstream. You should also inquire about activated charcoal, which soaks up the poison in your gut in case of accidental swallowing. Patients commonly take 500 mg before their dental appointment and 500 mg afterward.
If you have a lot of dental fillings, you may want to ask your dentist about removing them over the course of multiple sessions to reduce your risk of contamination.
Advantages of Mercury Amalgam Removal
Reduced sensitivity to heat and cold
Aesthetically pleasing to the eye
Reduced risk of mercury-related allergic reactions or illnesses
Disadvantages of Mercury Amalgam Removal
Inhaling mercury vapors during removal may cause a variety health risks
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