Amalgam Removal

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Amalgam Removal Treatment in Sunnyvale, CA

Amalgam referred to as the “silver fillings”, is a dental filling material used to fill cavities that are caused by tooth decay. It is a mixture of mercury (50% of the mixture), silver, tin, and copper. You may require amalgam removal due to device failure, cosmetic purposes (white-colored fillings match the teeth better) or because you would prefer to have dental fillings that do not contain mercury.

Mercury is released during the placement, replacement, and removal of dental mercury amalgam fillings. Mercury vapor is released at higher rates during brushing, cleaning, clenching of teeth and chewing. Sunnyvale Holistic Dentistry recommends and offers removal of mercury amalgams pertaining to its toxicity and health hazards. Call (408) 739-9050 for a quick appointment.

Why amalgam removal?

  • Mercury is an environmental hazard and is linked to Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, kidney and brain damage.
  • Mercury finds its way into your bloodstream and causes oxidation. Oxidation is the primary reason for catching a disease and aging.
  • Amalgam fillings, for those who have them, are their single greatest source of mercury exposure, contributing more mercury than seafood, air, and water combined. Mercury is the most poisonous, non-radioactive, naturally occurring substance on our planet.
  • 1.75 million people are allergic to mercury and for these people any leakage could be harmful, causing fatigue, migraine, digestive problems and anxiety attacks.
  • Amalgam fillings are not recommended for pregnant women as mercury passes on to the fetus. Mercury contamination may damage the fetus and causes health hazards.

Amalgam removal protocol:

An unsafe mercury amalgam removal process can expose dental professionals, dental staff, dental patients, and fetuses to releases of mercury vapor, mercury-containing particulate, or other forms of mercury contamination.

At Sunnyvale Dental Group, our doctors utilize the most up-to-date extensive safety recommendations for removal of existing dental mercury amalgam fillings, including detailed protective measures that are to be utilized for the procedure

1. Biocompatibility test: Biocompatibility testing determines the risk of toxicity of a substance and its potential to cause a reaction in each individual patient. Saliva test or Clifford blood test are carried out at the clinic prior amalgam removal.

2. Oral chelation: Chelating agents like vitamin C, N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine(Amino acid), activated charcoal are given 10-15 minutes before amalgam removal. They bind smaller particles of swallowed mercury, allowing them to be harmlessly passed out of the intestine via the feces.

3. Isolate: A rubber dam isolates the tooth or teeth being worked on. It protects the patient from breathing mercury vapor in through the mouth. If a composite filling is used to replace a mercury amalgam filling, the rubber dam offers an isolated and dry field for placing the composite filling.

4. Suction vacuum: A suction system is one of the most important tools in minimizing the patient’s exposure to mercury vapor and amalgam particles. The evacuator tip is kept near the patient’s mouth during the entire time the filling is being removed. This helps capture more of the mercury vapor and particles. 

5. Outside air source: The patient is provided with an alternative air source while their amalgam fillings are being removed. A nasal hood is provided through which he or she can breathe either compressed air from a tank, air from a source outside the office, or oxygen from a tank.

6. Mercury vapor ionizer: It is used to absorb all the mercury ions present and reduces the hazard.  Every second, the ions released by this machine capture mercury vapor in the air, giving our filtration system maximum cleansing power.

Benefits of amalgam removal:

Patients react differently to amalgam removal. Thousands of documented cases at Sunnyvale Dental Group show significant improvement of serious and chronic health problems within two to four weeks after removal. These include:

  • Periodontal (gum) diseases
  • Blood conditions
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Neuropathy/paresthesia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/CFS
  • Infertility
  • Anxiety and mental confusion