Its is an attitude towards dentistry where we see a patient as a whole. We seek the least toxic, more biocompatible way to accomplish the mission of the treatment.
Mercury Free and Mercury Safe Dentistry
Amalgam fillings have been recognised as a possible cause of a host of issues in our bodies, especially for individuals with metal or mercury sensitivities.
Amalgam fillings are widely used to repair cavities caused by tooth decay. Reliable and long-lasting, they have been used for many decades.
However, most amalgam fillings contain about 50 per cent mercury. So, if you have a silver dental filling, chances are, it is made with amalgam.
Even though the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has issued warnings about the dangers of mercury, most people are unaware of this health threat lurking in their mouths.
No to Amalgam Fillings
According to some studies, it is believed that the mercury in amalgam fillings is being released at very low levels as mercury vapour. This can be absorbed into the bloodstream and is stored in various areas and organs, notably the brain, kidney and liver.
Mercury dental fillings also expand and contract due to changes in temperature. This has attributed to an increase in tooth fractures and permanent damage to the tooth structure.
In addition, mercury silver fillings corrode over time in the harsh environment of the mouth, leaking metallic ions which cause staining and discolouration of the tooth. This makes it difficult for decay to be detected, often it is left to worsen until treatment becomes
Mercury Amalgam Free Dentistry
If you have mercury amalgam fillings, these can be replaced with composite (white) fillings that are BPA free. These not only match the colour of your teeth to give a natural appearance but last just as long when completed correctly. Large mercury fillings can be replaced with strong ceramic or prefabricated resin for added strength and protection.
The practice has been practising mercury-free dentistry since 2004. Our experience in offering mercury-free dentistry has evolved over the last decade and is now sought after by other dentists locally and regionally to teach mercury replacement techniques. When it comes to dental fillings, we believe you should decide upon non-mercury fillings for your wellbeing and health.
Mercury Safe Dentistry
Mercury is known to be released during the placement, replacement, and removal of dental mercury amalgam fillings. When old mercury fillings are drilled out, the mercury vapour diffuses through the air and the particulate will spread around the operatory room. By being Mercury Safe, we aim to reduce the exposure of mercury to patient, dentist, dental assistant. IAOMT has outlined in their SMART programme to reduce the potential negative outcomes of mercury exposure to patients and dental professionals during the removal of mercury fillings. The following are what we use during our mercury safe removal process.
- Drape to cover patient’s face, head and body
- Non-latex nitrile gloves will be used by the dentist and assistants
- Copious amount of water when using electric handpiece
- Electric handpiece instead of turbine handpiece to reduce spreading of mercury vapour into the surrounding.
- Rubber Dam
- Suction under rubber dam
- Amalgam is sectioned and removed in as large a chunk as possible using a small carbide drill.
- High volume suction
- External suction system
- After the removal of mercury fillings, the amalgam fragments will be rinsed thoroughly and removed with high volume suction before the rubber dam is removed and replaced with a new rubber dam for the placement of the restoration(s).
- After the removal of the mercury filling, patient’s mouth will be flushed with copious amount of water before rinsing.
The dentist and the team assisting will be in protective gear with a respirator for personal protection as well.