From the doctor's desk
Protocol For Amalgam Removal
Mercury, as well as root canal and cavitation toxins do a lot of damage to our bodies. But not always in the same place. If mercury gave everyone a cold, fillings would have been outlawed a hundred years ago. What is your genetic weak link? MS, ALS, diabetes, chronic fatigue, arthritis, digestive problems... if you can name it, I can probably find a combination of dental materials that can contribute to it.
Over the years I have found that dental revision can create as many problems as it solves if done improperly. Rarely does a day go by that someone does not call our office reporting that they had their fillings replaced and now they are worse than they were before. Now I know why. There are many whys. I made a lot of mistakes 38 years ago, and learned not to make them again. That is why we have assembled a technique that offers more opportunity for success than failure. Learn from my experience.
The patient must be protected during removal procedures.
Safe Mercury Filling Removal
During removal of Mercury-Amalgam fillings and replacement with carefully selected bio-compatible alternatives, mercury is released as a vapor. We will be using specially developed protocols, established through the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology), to minimize your risk of exposure. We will offer you a mask to place over your nose to allow you to breath fresh oxygen. We will also place a vinyl sheet (rubber dam) on the teeth we are treating to isolate them from the rest of your mouth.
High speed suctions will be used to suction off debris generated by the old fillings, and another type of vacuum will pull away the vapor generated to filter the mercury and other toxins from the air. Disposable surgical drapes will be placed over your body to avoid contamination of your skin and clothing. The dentist will use the chunk technique to remove the old mercury-amalgam fillings to minimize the vapors released during the drilling process.
Amalgam Removal Precautions
Protecting the Patient
Amalgam removal precautions include being aware of the functional body systems, assessing each patient for potential problems with these systems, and helping support these systems before, during, and after the dental removal of mercury dental fillings. Additionally, there are a number of precautions a dentist should take.
1.) The first, and maybe most important of the amalgam removal precautions, is for the dentist to be aware of the patients functional systems and any problems with their clearing and detoxification pathways. If a dentist removes too many mercury fillings or too fast removal without precautions, these compromised patients may become sick with long term health problems. With some very compromised patients, dental work should not be started until the patient works with their health practitioner to enhance detoxification pathways.
2.) A stress reduction system should be incorporated into the dental environment to help reduce the stimulus to the sympathetic nervous system and tightness of the blood supply to the teeth and bone, the constriction of the lymphatic drainage system, as well as the reduction in the efficiency of the detoxification clearing pathways.
3.) A vibrating mat on the dental chair keeps the lymphatic system moving to assist the body's detoxification and clearing system.
4.) A "rubber" dental dam that isolates the teeth and mercury fillings and collects any particles. Rubber and latex style dams should not be used as mercury vapor may penetrate this barrier. Nitrile style dams provide much greater protection.
5.) Many have advocated an isolation room with controlled ventilation. However the most important space is around the patient's mouth and nose as well as the breathing space of the dental personnel. As such close proximity vapor control is vitally important. Several amalgam removal precautions may be utilized to help with vapor control:
a.) The mercury amalgam filling should be sectioned or "chunked" out to avoid as much potential mercury vapor as possible caused by the dental drilling heat and vaporization of mercury.
b.) Special vacuum and vapor control systems should be used. These would consist of a vacuum suction under the dental dam collecting potential mercury vapor; a high velocity vacuum directly on the tooth where the mercury filling is being removed; a directional flow high powered air delivery system and high powered large vacuum system.
This consists of an oxygen or air delivery system for the patient's nasal area. This creates a positive flow of air to keep potential mercury vapor away; a fan placed at the top of the patient's head blowing air directed away from the patient's breathing; a large vacuum air collection system placed under the patient's chin to collect the air driven by the fan away from the patients breathing; and a charcoal filtration purification system in the air vacuum systems to neutralize the collected mercury vapors so that they cannot be released back into the treatment room. This is also one of the most important of the amalgam removal precautions.
c.) After removing the fillings, the use of chelation therapy is recommended as the next stage in the detoxification process.