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Amalgam Fillings

Should Amalgam Fillings Be Replaced?

Silver (amalgam) fillings contain mercury and some people are concerned that some of the mercury could be released, causing health problems. While no controlled studies have been published demonstrating systemic adverse effects from amalgam restorations, we choose not to place amalgam fillings and will replace amalgam fillings when necessary. Silver Amalgams

Why We Don't Use Silver Fillings

Unlike Titanium, the amalgam alloy does not bond with your teeth. This leaves the tooth susceptible to cracking. Instead we use biocompatible composite filling materials.

Advantages of Composite Fillings

  • Cosmetics and aesthetics – composite fillings blend in naturally
  • Smooth and bonded margins- less plaque accumulation means less recurrent decay
  • Minimally invasive - less tooth structure must be removed to make room for the filling
  • Easily repaired - any chips can easily be repaired seamlessly with surface roughening and addition of composite
  • Reinforces remaining tooth structure - prevents cracks and fractures with repeated chewing
  • Seals - since the filling bonds with the tooth, the dentin is sealed from future decay

Is Silver Amalgam Removal Safe?

It can be if done by a dentist skilled in the safe removal of amalgam fillings. Dr. Reese, an Indianapolis dentist, has the specialized equipment required to safely and effectively remove mercury amalgam fillings. In addition, he also supplies a Vitamin C IV to help capture any free radicals that may enter the system during surgery.

Amalgam Fillings and Holistic Dentistry

There has been much debate on the safety of amalgam fillings. Currently, dental amalgam is considered to be a medical device, and is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA is responsible for ensuring that dental amalgam is reasonably safe and effective, and that, among other things, the product labeling seen by dentists has adequate directions for use and includes any appropriate warnings. (source) However, an increasing number of dentists have stopped using amalgam fillings on their patients after studies have shown how mercury vapor and particulate matter derived from amalgam fillings can cause severe problems in patients. Dr. Reese is a holistic dentist and an active member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). This organization advocates biological dentistry and achieving all the goals of modern dentistry while always choosing the safest, least toxic techniques, including safe replacement of mercury fillings.

Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings

While the IAOMT is contesting the FDA classification deeming amalgams are safe, it is also advocating for the safety removal of amalgam fillings in dental patients. Removal of mercury “silver” amalgam fillings release mercury vapor and thousands of micron and submicron size pieces of mercury contaminated particulate matter. The IAOMT provides solutions to protect staff, patients and the environment from the hazards of dental mercury.

Amalgam removal creates mercury vapor and particulate matter

The mercury free dentists of the world have been acutely aware of the potential for excess exposure to mercury when removing amalgam fillings, and have devised a number of strategies for reducing the amount of mercury exposure to both patients and dental staff during amalgam removal.

Dr. Reese does Amalgam Fillings Removal

Dr. Ted Reese removes mercury amalgams in a safe manner, ensuring the least amount of mercury re-enters your body during the mercury removal process.

As a holistic dentist practicing in Indianapolis, Dr. Reese follows safety protocols developed by the International Academy of Mercury Safe Dentists and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. Dr. Reese and his staff at Indianapolis Dentistry do not use dental materials containing mercury and they exhaust all possible means to keep your teeth in its most natural state. We are proud to be offering a state-of-the-art dental office combined with the knowledge and concerns for your entire body health.

Call (317) 882-0228 to make an appointment at our Indianapolis dental office, located just north of Greenwood, Indiana on US 31 in Southport.

The Health Benefits of Removing Amalgam Fillings

As a dentist who practices biocompatible dentistry, Dr. Reese only uses materials that are simulate the natural tooth structure as closely as possible.  As a holistic dentist, he ensures that dental procedures are done safely without long-term harmful effects on himself and his patient as well as the dental staff who might be assisting on procedures. This means he has chosen not to use fluoride and to use porcelain or composite fillings instead of traditional amalgams. He also actively promotes the health benefits of removing mercury amalgam fillings, offering a very safe procedure in our Indianapolis dentist office. Removing Amalgam Fillings

What You Should Know About Mercury Amalgam Fillings

Dr. Reese is a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) whose goal is, “to always seek the safest, least toxic way to accomplish the mission of treatment.” An IAOMT dentist is knowledgeable in modern techniques of proper mercury removal, stays current with the latest research, and works in conjunction with physicians knowledgeable in testing for and detoxifying mercury. While the body has systems to naturally prevent mercury from being absorbed into the body, why take this risk through long term exposure?

This is not a recent change. Dr. Reese stopped using and offering amalgam fillings twenty years ago.

Most of us have likely heard about the risks and perils of playing with mercury from thermometers or elsewhere as curious kids. Despite those warnings and admonitions, the use of mercury as a low cost, predictable alternative to gold restorations found its way into dentistry. The ongoing belief is that the amalgamation of mercury with silver metals somehow renders it inert and safe for intraoral use as dental fillings, but the IAOMT has a fact sheet on the toxic effects of mercury in dental amalgam fillings on the environment and human health.

The Health Benefits of Removing Amalgam Fillings

When Indianapolis Dentistry removes mercury amalgam fillings, they take as much care as possible to prevent exposure of heavy metals to your body. In addition to the physical barriers as put forth by the IAOMT, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology we are providing some simple physiologic safeguards and also recommend some home care efforts for you consideration.

Physical barriers and safeguards:

  1. There is a physical barrier in the form of a latex-free rubber dam to isolate your teeth and lessen mercury exposure once it is removed from the tooth and exposed to the body via oral mucuso or airway.
  2. We have cold water coolant spray while the fillings are removed out in sections, hi powered HEPA filter air suctioning, oxygen for you to breathe while vapors are potentially created, and safety goggles to cover your eyes.
  3. There is also supplemental high dose vitamin C administration for free radical scavenging (antioxidant support) delivered via IV.

In addition we provide the following physiologic supplements to assist your body in any necessary detoxification process:

  1. The water bottle we supply after performing a removal has a product called Detox ND from Premier Labs. This chlorella is to help in ‘chelating’ or binding any heavy metals so your body can more readily eliminate them (similar to chelation therapy).
  2. You will also be supplied with four capsules of Mediclay FX. These capsules function much like activated charcoal has been used in the past. Take one of these when you arrive for the procedure, and then one a day for the following three days. This is an intestinal adsorptive and absorptive agent to assist in the detoxification process. Make sure to check out our blog, “Self-Care Tips for Heavy Metal Toxicity,” for further at-home care.

Dr. Reese Removes Mercury Amalgam Fillings Safely

Dr. Reese’s objective has and remains to be to continue to provide the best dental care the dentistry profession has to offer regardless of mainstream thinking. Safe removal of mercury fillings at a minimum will be done with isolation techniques to reduce the exposure of the old filling components to the oral cavity. If you want to have your amalgam fillings removed or don’t know whether your previous fillings are amalgam-based or not and you are in the Indianapolis area, please call us to schedule a consultation at (317)882-0228 (you can also sign up online via the button above or email us).