What is Amalgam Removal? – Fairfax Dentistry
The Dangers of Mercury
Studies show that mercury is the most toxic heavy metal to your body. The number one source of mercury pollution is coal-fired power plants. Second position is held by dental practices due to amalgam fillings, which are 50 percent mercury.
Dental amalgams, used for more than 150 years, continue to be used by half of the dentists in North America despite a mountain of evidence they slowly leak toxic mercury into your body, and are particularly dangerous for children and pregnant women.
Mercury becomes a “biochemical train wreck in your body,” causing your cell membranes to leak, and inhibit key enzymes your body needs for energy production and removal of toxins. Mercury toxicity can lead to major inflammation and chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
The process of Amalgam Removal at NHWC
Removing amalgam fillings requires special training and expertise to know when and how to remove them, as amalgam emits mercury vapors when it is outside of the body. Our dentist, Dr. Rahul Kumar, is properly trained in how to remove amalgam fillings safely to reduce toxic mercury exposure to you, our staff and the environment.
For example, the removal process generates a significant amount of heat that can speed up the release of mercury from the amalgam, so our staff cools the filling with water and air to suppress the release of mercury vapors. We will insert a rubber dam into your mouth to help protect you from dangerous vapors. Our dentist drills as little as possible to cut the filling into chunks for easy removal by hand or by suction.
Call us today to book your Evaluation! – Fairfax Dentistry
Our Dental Division at Natural Horizons Wellness Centers will perform a thorough evaluation when determining if removal of an amalgam filling is appropriate for you, and then determine how much amalgam is present in your mouth. Previous dental work may hide amalgam fillings under crowns, and other dentists may use amalgam during root canals.