Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings
“I have been in practice for over a decade and have been asked numerous times about mercury containing amalgam fillings and their impact on someone’s general health. Often missed in this question, is not whether the placement of amalgam fillings could affect one’s health but is the removal of the filling creating a greater concern of toxicity?” – Dr. Clay Couvillon
Many people are unaware that the “silver” fillings or the amalgam fillings they have, contain 50% mercury. Mercury is a serious neurotoxin. There are no safe levels for mercury in the human body, and mercury vapors are released from the amalgam fillings for the life of the filling. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) is an organization of dentists that advocate the eradications of amalgam fillings and have also derived the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART). This technique was developed to prevent additional mercury exposure in patients. Dr. Clay Couvillon was the first dentist in Louisiana to be certified in the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. Our patients’ overall health and well-being is our number one priority and it is why we offer the safe removal of amalgam fillings.
The following technique helps protect the patient, as well as, the doctor and the dental assistant:
- Drilling out an amalgam filling creates heat, which in turn increases the release of mercury into the air. Keeping the fillings cool, using water and air, during the removal helps to reduce the amount of mercury vapor released from the filling.
- Mercury safe dentist, use chunking to remove amalgam fillings from the tooth. This involves less drilling and the dentist can get the amalgam filling out easily using a hand instrument or suction.
- A high-volume evacuator, or suction system will be used, during the entire removal process, to capture more of the mercury vapor and particles.
- Patients will be provided with an alternative air source, while their amalgam fillings are being removed. The patient will be provided with a nasal hood, in which he/she will breathe from an alternate source (compressed air from a tank, air from outside source, oxygen from a tank).
- A rubber dam is used to isolate the tooth or teeth being treated. The rubber dam protects the patient from breathing mercury vapor through the mouth.
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If you plan to have your mercury amalgam fillings removed or For more information on the best dental procedure for you, Call Sullivan Dental Center today at 225-635-4422 to schedule a consultation and find out more about the services we offer.