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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.

Is it Safe to Oil Pull with Amalgams?

Dr. Reese, being an Indianapolis holistic dentist, along with several other dentists, believes in the beneficial health effects coconut oil pulling can do not only to your teeth but to your overall health as well. Ever since we have recommended coconut oil pulling to be part of one’s oral hygiene, we have encountered several questions on the process, what coconut oil to use and how long until they see its effects or benefits. One of the most frequently asked questions we get is, “Is it safe to oil pull with amalgams?” According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a dental amalgam, sometimes referred to as “silver filling,” is a silver-colored material used to fill (restore) teeth that have cavities. Dental amalgam is made of two nearly equal parts: liquid mercury and a powder containing silver, tin, copper, zinc and other metals.

Issues concerning its safety have been raised. When amalgam fillings are placed in or removed from teeth, they can release a small amount of mercury vapor. Amalgam can also release small amounts of mercury vapor during chewing, and people can absorb these vapors by inhaling or ingesting them. High levels of mercury vapor exposure are associated with adverse effects in the brain and the kidneys. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), where Dr. Reese is a member, advocates for mercury-free fillings.

Since mercury vapor is considered dangerous, and oil pulling can “pull” or remove harmful substances from the oral cavity, questions about the safety of oil pulling when one has amalgams have been brought up.

Is it safe to oil pull with amalgams?

Yes, it is safe to oil pull with amalgams.

Much of the mercury from amalgams may have been absorbed directly through the tissues of the mouth and into the many nerve endings that serve the region, from where the mercury tracks into the central nervous system. Regular oil pulling may help to reverse this process causing the mercury to progressively be pulled out of the nerve endings (and ultimately the CNS).

Oil pulling works on the “like vs. like” mechanism. It dissolves fat-soluble toxins such as elemental and organic mercury. As these toxins are pulled from the mouth and expelled, more fat-soluble toxins are progressively mobilized and redistributed from around the body, ready for another pulling.

Oil pulling benefits are felt almost immediately, but chronic problems may require a few weeks or several months or more of diligent use.

Dr. Reese Recommends Skinny Coconut Oil

We recommend a raw, extra-virgin coconut oil like Skinny Coconut Oil because the more pure the coconut oil is, the more toxins it can pull from your mouth during the pulling process. Place 1 full tablespoon of coconut oil into the mouth (if it’s cold, allow the oil to melt) and then push, swirl, and pull the oil between your teeth, around your gums, and allow it to touch every part of your mouth except your throat. Do not gargle the oil as it is now considered toxic and could further infect your throat. Spit it into the trash or toilet rather than the sink as the oil could clog your sink drain over time. We have them as one of our dental products.