followed if it is to be done safely. The importance of education and qualification for this particular service should not be overlooked when choosing a provider. Amalgam contains mercury, which much research has shown to be a very toxic substance. Extreme care must be taken to protect the patient and staff during the removal and disposal of the mercury-containing substance.
Why would I consider amalgam removal?
You may wonder about the need for amalgam removal if it is such a commonly used material. This is still a controversial topic in the field of dentistry. Research has shown that dental amalgam fillings emit mercury vapors over their entire lifetime. Most dentists and dental associations believe that this release is minimal, and not enough to cause any harm. However, according to the IAOMT, amalgam fillings contribute more mercury to a person’s body than all other sources combined. At CCID, we believe the argument may be made, however, that no amount of exposure to a toxic substance is preferable. Thus, some patients may choose to undergo the removal and replacement of these fillings.
What potential impacts can amalgam have on my health?
As a holistic dental practice, we want to assist you in maintaining optimal health by contributing only positive impacts to wellbeing. This is why we choose to provide only metal-free restorations, as well as to conduct material testing, for our patients. The effects of mercury exposure will vary from person to person, but the possibilities are vast. Mercury has been shown to impact all of the body’s organs, and primarily affecting the brain and kidneys. Mercury poisoning has been shown to play a role in such things as tremors, depression, fatigue, memory loss, nausea, diarrhea, and even birth defects for some people. If you are concerned about such symptoms, or wish to protect and improve your health altogether, contact Cleveland Center for Integrative Dentistry. We welcome any questions, and will be pleased to schedule a consultation regarding safe amalgam removal.