Did you know that…
Over the years scientists have accumulated a formidable body of evidence, establishing that:
Read more in ‘The scientific case against amalgam’ published by The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.
Here is a questionnaire that may give some indication as to whether symptoms you’re experiencing could be due to chronic metal toxicity or allergy / hypersensitivity.
For these reasons at Lotus Dental we are firmly of the opinion that dental mercury amalgams should not be used as a filling material, and we have not placed an amalgam filling for over 20 years. There are better alternatives available today from a functional, aesthetic and biocompatible standpoint and these can be chosen to suit the individual circumstance.
Materials that we use include composite resin, porcelain, zirconium (all tooth-coloured) and gold. Biocompatibility testing can be done on all the individual materials we would like to use to ensure they will not cause the individual an adverse reaction when ‘implanted’ into the mouth.
We also work with integrative doctors and naturopaths to provide a mercury detoxification program for those people wanting to have their existing amalgam fillings replaced and the mercury chelated from where it is stored in the body. It is not advisable to have this done until all the amalgam fillings have been removed as the chelation process can draw more mercury out of the fillings and increase the body’s burden of mercury.
Mercury is so toxic that when removing mercury amalgam fillings we follow the protocol recommended by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) to minimise the amount of exposure to mercury for the patient, dentist and assistants.
We use lots of water, high volume evacuation, rubber dam covering the teeth and a separate air supply.
The dentist and assistants use special filters and masks to protect themselves from repeated exposure to mercury.
Please contact our office to arrange an appointment if you would like to find out more about reducing the amount of mercury in your life. We will help design a program based on your individual needs, general health and desired timeframe.