We receive many phone calls asking us what precautions we take to remove old mercury-silver fillings. Therefore, we hope the following will answer the questions you do have.
Office Environment: Air in the office is renewed with fresh outside air constantly and is filtered. Ventilation by exhausting air from the floor to remove all heavy gases such as nitrous oxide and mercury.
At night we use ozone to remove smells and aromatic molecules from the air.
1st Procedure: We start with an exam and x-rays to determine which fillings are most electrically reactive so we know which ones to remove first. We also determine if the filling can be replaced with a composite filling or if the tooth would need to be crowned. This is determined by how much tooth structure has been lost. If a tooth needs to have a crown, we use all ceramic crowns or zirconia.
Patient Care: We use barriers on face, eyes and nose. In the mouth we use a rubber dam or Isolite technology to keep old fillings from the mouth. We try to use a rubber dam if possible and if not we use the Isolite to limit the exposure of mercury to your system. We cover your nose with an oxygen mask and provide eye protections. During the removal, we try to remove the filling in large pieces to reduce "dust splatter" and use high speed suction to whisk the old fillings away. We use lots of water to keep it cool as we feel the fillings are more dangerous when heated. Before we place the composite, we place a tincture on the tooth to help eliminate the effects of the mercury. Our office uses an air purifier and our water is treated with hydrogen peroxide and ozone.
After Care: We ask our patients to detoxify by taking 4,000 mg of Vitamin C (divided by 3 x's per day) for 2 weeks after mercury removal.