Amalgam removal: taking the right precautions

Amalgam removal: taking the right precautions
January 15th, 2016 | Blog | 1 Comment

Amalgam removal can be tricky, in Los Algodones we care a great deal for your health and safety, that’s why me offer a safe replacement for amalgams (mercury-based fillings) using the latest safety protocols and technology available. Due to the highly toxic nature of mercury, the less time it takes to completely remove the amalgams the better, which is why we strive to finish the procedure in the least amount of sessions possible.

While there are many reasons for wanting to remove your amalgams, the biggest concern should be your health; remember that mercury is an extremely toxic substance, while studies have shown that there is a very small risk of poisoning once the procedure is complete, the same studies have also shown that one can potentially be exposed to dangerous levels of mercury during placement, removal or when the amalgam becomes dislodged.

In fact, the drilling during the removal procedure exposes both the patient and dentists to dangerous amounts mercury residue, as such, the process has to be done with extreme care and special equipment. But before that, the dentist needs to diagnose your current situation, including current health conditions that could potentially impair the detoxification process. It’s quite common for the dentist to make a full diagnostics and even ask you for blood tests or a check up with a medical doctor.

The diagnosis also involves pre-planning the best approach for the amalgam removal, in most cases the amalgam is removed in quadrants; of course, this depends on your particular needs and the volume of mercury fillings present.  In the end, the idea is to remove the amalgams as fast as possible without affecting your health.

After the procedure, most dentists will ask you to take supplements, such as vitamins and mineral that have been proved as effective for heavy metal detoxification, now, don’t be worried, that doesn’t mean that you are in any risk, most of the time it’s done as a safeguard and to speed the process.

It’s quite common to schedule follow-up appointments after an amalgam removal, just to make sure that the healing process is going well, and to plan any further dental procedures that you might wish to undergo to replace the damaged area. The most important thing to remember is that you need to follow your dentist’s instructions to the letter, that’s the only way to ensure that the procedure goes smoothly and that you are perfectly safe and ready to get a new and beautiful smile.