Removing Mercury for Improved Health
There are many dental practices in which mercury is avoided. There are fewer dental practices skilled in the safe removal of this toxic substance. An amalgam filling should not simply be drilled down and removed. The exposure to mercury particles would be far too great with this approach. Hence, many dentists advise their patients to leave mercury fillings in place as long as they are intact.
Dr. Tammy DeGregorio is an accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and is a past President. Her skill in the safe removal of amalgam fillings is extensive and she trains other dentists in the strict protocols so that they, too, may provide the safest care to their patients.
Amalgam removal takes place following the SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) protocols recommended by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology:
- Activated charcoal is used as a pretreatment rinse.
- The placement of a rubber dam to isolate the tooth and keep mercury particles from coming into contact with oral tissues.
- Clean, mercury-free air delivered via a comfortable nasal mask to inhibit the inhalation of mercury particulates.
- High volume suction with mercury filters to minimize mercury release into the air.
- Protective garments for the patient, dentist and staff.
- In-office air purifiers to remove mercury particulates from the immediate environment.
- A mercury separator is used to collect particles from being released into the environment.
Are you ready to have a safer, more whole body approach to your dentistry? Call Pittsburgh Center for Holistic Dentistry at 412-631-8947 and schedule a consultation.