Dental amalgam or silver fillings are the most commonly used cavity fillers. These fillings are a mixture of several metals along with a high concentration of mercury. Nowadays, there are several other better alternatives to silver fillings. Mercury toxicity can cause many health problems such as heart disease, fatigue, headaches, kidney problems, etc. Everyday activities, such as brushing your teeth, may release mercury vapors that you may breathe in. Amalgam removal will not only give you health benefits but also aesthetics benefits because you will no longer have to live with visible silver-colored fillings.
Amalgam removal is entirely safe and is performed by taking all the necessary safety measures so that no damage is caused by the mercury vapors released during the procedure. The room where the amalgam removal procedure is performed will have a high-volume air filtration system that will eliminate the mercury vapors produced during the process. You will be equipped with all the necessities such as safety glasses, a protective gown, headcover, and a mask to cover your nose to keep the mercury vapors from entering your nostrils. All the dental personnel present in the room will also be provided with protective gowns, safety glasses, face shields, headcovers, and non-latex gloves.
During the procedure, you will be given local anesthesia to eliminate any pain involved. We will also provide you with pure oxygen to breathe through a nasal cannula so that you do not breathe the air around you, as it can contain mercury vapors liberated during the procedure. We will place a rubber dam over your mouth, under which a saliva ejector will be placed to reduce your mercury exposure. You will also be given charcoal and chlorella slurry to absorb mercury particles before they get absorbed into your system.
With the help of a small diameter carbide drill, the amalgam will be sectioned into chunks and removed. Large pieces will require minimum drilling, which will reduce the mercury vapor released into the air. A high-speed suction device will be used to pull all the mercury discharge away as the filling is being drilled out. A copious amount of cold water will be constantly sprayed on the filling to keep its temperature down.
Detoxification after mercury exposure is very important. Every patient’s detox is unique, and we will guide you with all the important measures that will help you detox after the removal. Some general guidelines are:
Please reach out to our dental practice in Centennial, CO, to have a consultation with our dentists. Please call us at (303) 798-1068 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.
Colorado Wellness Dentistry is at the forefront of dental treatment for our patients, who are focused on whole body health. Our office understands that oral healthcare is the gateway to the rest of a person’s wellness. We care for our patients as a whole person. Dr. Williams uses modern courses of treatment including LANAP for gum disease and periodontal problems, Bioclear for cosmetic and alternative treatment to crowns, Mercury removal for overall health and wellness for metal sensitive patients, and whole family dental care. When you find a home at Colorado Wellness Dentistry you feel in control of your treatment and oral health.
Patients seeking gum disease treatment can now turn to the new, minimally invasive LANAP® (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure). By using this new laser technology, a dentist for gum disease can remove diseased tissue without using a scalpel. The LANAP® gum disease treatment works by inserting a small fiber between the tooth and the gum and sending a pulsed laser light to remove all bacteria and infected tissue from the area. The laser is then used again to stimulate the bone and tissue in a way that encourages regrowth. By removing only the infected tissue, LANAP® gum disease treatment reduces bleeding and minimizes recovery time.
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Bioclear is the latest and most innovative technique of dental restoration. It is a procedure that has evolved from the traditional use of amalgam fillings to contemporary composite restorations. It helps the dentist to give superior all-around treatment to traditional fillings.
Dr. Mitchell J. Williams and Dr. Steven C. Olsen, located in Centennial, CO, serving patients from Greenwood Village, CO, Highlands Ranch, CO, and Aurora, CO. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!Schedule Your Appointment