About Mercury Filling Replacement
Wish it was that easy. These days many people are aware that mercury fillings cause health problems. At certain levels the side effects can cause neurological issues, autoimmune disease, chronic illnesses and mental disorders.
But replacing these fillings is not that simple.
This procedure has to be done under strict precautions and sometimes even patient’s body has to be taken care of before and after.
International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM), the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and other prominent biological and holistic dental organizations recommend some safety protocols for the sake of the patients and operators which the main ones are as below:
- To avoid inhaling mercury vapor, patient has to breath through an oxygen or clean air mask.
- The working site has to be sealed off perfectly from the mouth environment to avoid patients swallowing the mercury particles.
- Extra ventilation should be used in the operating room to clear the air from any mercury vapor.
- Cutting drills rather than grinding drills should be used to minimize the amount of mercury vapor.
- Strong suctions should be used to keep the working site clear.
- Protective gowns and hair covers should be worn.
- Heavy metal absorbent mouth rinse should be used after the procedure.
Also, sometimes we refer our patients to particular health professionals for heavy metal detox plans.
What type of tooth filling should I replace after the Mercury is gone?
Choosing the right material to replace Amalgams is as important as removing them. At the end of the day you don’t want to have your mercuries replaced with another form of harmful material.
BPA free composite Fillings:
Composites are the most common choice in replacing Amalgams, however most composites contain BPA which is of course, a known endocrine disruptor that may contribute to physical and neurological problems during early developmental stages in a person’s life and possibly be carcinogenic.
At Excellence in Dentistry, we only use BPA free composite material fillings that will ultimately benefit your oral health. However, sometimes composites are not the best option. Read more
If a large part of the tooth is lost, fixing the tooth with composite filling material is not successful long-term. In these cases, ceramic fillings are made outside of the mouth and placed on teeth. We use the world’s leading system; CEREC®, for constructing these fillings. Unlike other materials, ceramic is more biocompatible and boasts tooth-like physical and aesthetic qualities. CEREC® machine uses an intraoral camera to take a 3D scan of the damaged tooth then your dentist designs the restoration and sends it to a milling machine to cut the filling out of a block of ceramic. The final step is to glue the restoration to the tooth. The whole CEREC® process takes around one to two hours.
If the structure of the tooth is badly damaged it’s not possible to restore the tooth with direct or indirect fillings, and the only option would be a capping or a crown. Dental crowns are an ideal treatment for restoring form and function to weak teeth.
Depending on patient’s bite pattern, we offer CEREC® ceramic crowns or Zirconia crowns.