It is not a secret that amalgam fillings can be dangerous in some cases. Amalgam fillings are 50% composed of mercury (which is a poisonous material) and other supporting metals such as zinc, silver or copper. Mercury is necessary to make the filling more soft and able to withstand the force of chewing. Over the time, the exposed teeth surfaces change, fillings corrode and toxic mercury starts to evaporate. Mercury exposure is absorbed by the body in small portions causing irreversible health risks.
The Symptoms of Mercury Poisoning
The intensity of mercury exposure depends on the quality, size and number of restoration, chewing habits, grinding, brushing and individual physiological factors. Here are some symptoms that can be signals of the developing disease:
- Breathing disorders: asthma, bronchitis, cough
- Cardiological problems: anemia, chest pain, rapid heartbeats
- Muscles’ pain: tenderness, sore muscles, jaw joint dysfunction
- Oral health problems: bleeding gums, periodontal diseases, lost of taste and sense, a metallic taste, dark spots on the gums
- Brain dysfunctions: poor memory, deconcentration, brain fog
- Emotional and psychological disorders: depression, anxiety, nervousness and mood swings, so-called “mercury madness”
If you experience some of these symptoms over time, don’t hesitate to address the issue to professionals.
Should I Remove a Toxic Filling?
You’d better remove a toxic filling if it is worn, broken or when there is decay beneath the filling. It is not necessary to remove a good amalgam filling, as with its removal you will also lose healthy parts of the teeth and may provoke more mercury exposure than if you left it untouched. It is also a proven fact that people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, autism, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s and Lyme diseases tend to be more sensitive to mercury vapor. If you are concerned about amalgam filling, suspect an allergy or sensitivity to its vapor, you should consult all possible options with our dentists.
Are There Any Contradictions to Having a Toxic Filling Removed?
Any disruption of a toxic filling shouldn’t be made on pregnant or lactating patients. Mercury vapor can contribute to learning and developmental disorders of the fetus or a nursing baby.
The Procedure of Toxic Filling Removal
In our dental office we maintain the highest standards to ensure the safe removal of your toxic filling. We follow the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique to reduce the potential risks of mercury exposure to patients and our dental staff. The procedure of removal is performed through several steps:
- We keep an amalgam filling cool during the whole procedure. This helps reduce the amount of toxic vapor released.
- A high-volume evacuator system is used to gather all particles of mercury vaporization that can be harmful for both the patient and the dentist.
- We provide our patients with special protective masks to wear during the procedure and an alternative air source – everything to minimize toxic inhalations.
- Using non-latex, rubber dam enables to isolate the toxic area and lessen the risk of mercury breathing and swallowing.
- When the procedure of toxic filling removal is over, used gloves and rub dams are disposed, the patient’s mouth is carefully rinsed and vacuumed.
- We have an advanced air purification system that helps eliminate any toxic vapors left in the air.
- Once all particles of the mercury fillings are removed, the dentist will refill the cavities you have with mercury-free white fillings.
Keeping proper oral hygiene and an appropriate diet is recommended to all patients who have undergone the procedure. Try to eat more fruits and vegetables to help your immune system get through the detoxification period and return to good health.