25 Mar Is there a proper way to safely remove mercury fillings?
Patients may have different motivations for having mercury fillings removed. Some want to eliminate the negative impact on their smile’s appearance while others have some concerns about possible toxin exposure. Regardless of the reason for removing your metal fillings, it’s important to consult with a specialist in mercury free dentistry who can use the proper technique and safely swap out your old fillings for new ones.
When having fillings removed, patients may consult with a holistic dentist, who considers the relationship between the mouth and the rest of the body in his or her practice.
These specialists practice mercury free dentistry to minimize the prospective effects that this metal can have on their patients’ overall health.
A holistic dentist is familiar with the precautions that must be taken to reduce the risk of exposure to mercury that can occur during removal of the fittings. For example, if the amalgam fillings get too hot, they may emit vapors, so the dentist may take special steps to keep the metal fillings cool while they are being removed. [pullquote]Mercury free dentistry provides the additional benefit of fillings that are tooth-colored and blend in more with the patient’s natural smile.[/pullquote]
The dentist may also use a special ventilation system to eliminate mercury vapors from the treatment area. The filling should be removed in the largest pieces possible, and the patient should be fitted with protective gear, and the area should be thoroughly rinsed after the procedure is complete.
When you schedule a consultation with a mercury-free dentist about replacing your old fillings, you should be sure to ask about any safety precautions that will be taken in the process. This is also an opportunity for you to ask any other questions you may have about preparing for the filling removal.
Mercury free dentistry provides the additional benefit of fillings that are tooth-colored and blend in more with the patient’s natural smile.
If you are exploring the option of having old mercury fillings removed, be sure to find a practitioner who is well-versed and experienced in their safe removal. For more information, contact the office of Dr. Philip Kozlow today.