Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, CA
Safely Remove Amalgam Fillings
Safe amalgam filling removal is a hot topic in many dental practices and it’s something taken very seriously at Integrative Dental Arts in Agoura Hills, CA. Dr. Kathleen Carson, Dr. Markiewicz and their team employ recognized safe practices when removing amalgam fillings for the safety of patients, staff, and the environment. Our dentistry practice leverages the latest in modern dentistry tools, techniques, and materials and Dr. Carson, Dr. Markiewicz and their team believe in the mouth-health connection. If you would like a consultation to discuss safe amalgam filling removal, tooth-colored fillings, or other restorative dentistry procedures, please contact us for a consultation.
Why Take Out Amalgam Fillings?
Most adults nowadays who have had a cavity or several have silver-colored fillings in their mouth. These fillings contain mercury. Many dentists no longer use these types of fillings in their practice, particularly due to the emerging evidence pointing to negative impacts on the health due to mercury toxicity because mercury leaches into the body from these fillings.
Fillings have come a long way in recent decades. New methods of filling decayed teeth require less of the tooth be drilled away than in the past and with modern dental technology as well as ozone therapy, people aren’t only able to have tooth colored fillings but in some cases don’t need much of their tooth drilled out, if any.
But what about the fillings you already have? They have a limited shelf life and amalgam fillings contain mercury, a dangerous and toxic substance so this has led to many people requesting that their dentist remove these old fillings.
Drilling out the old fillings and replacing with new ones isn’t all that’s done. Safe amalgam filling removal is important so that the impact of the mercury in the filling is minimized. Areas of impact to consider include the patient, dental office staff, and the environment. At Integrative Dental Arts, we strive to keep patients, staff, and the environment safe from the many dangers mercury-filled dental fillings present.
Mercury Toxicity, Fillings, and the Body
Mercury is one of the most toxic substances on the planet and yet it is an element of amalgam fillings. Mercury can have a negative impact on your health, including some unpleasant symptoms, such as:
- Mood swings
- Foul taste (metallic) in the mouth
- Autoimmune problems
- And more…
Researching mercury toxicity side effects can leave you very uncomfortable with the fact that you have this substance in your mouth. The longer the fillings are in your mouth, the more chances that the mercury is absorbed into your body. When an amalgam filling falls out, this is another concern due to vapors released into the mouth and the bloodstream.
Many dentists around the world now offer mercury-free dentistry but when the old fillings are removed you want to make sure you see a dentist who is utilizing the latest safe amalgam removal techniques. Most dental offices don’t practice this way. If this is something you are interested in, Dr. Carson or Dr. Markiewicz would be pleased to meet with you to discuss the process of removing old fillings as well as any questions you might have about dental restorations with white composite material.
Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings in Agoura Hills, CA
At our Agoura Hills dental office, Dr. Kathleen Carson and Dr. Markiewicz carefully remove amalgam fillings with caution to ensure that mercury vapors are not inhaled. Oxygen as well as evacuation tools and dental dams ensure that the filling is removed as quickly and as safely as possible. Old fillings are carefully disposed of, in order to minimize the impact of this hazardous material on landfills and the environment.
Integrative Dental Arts: A Holistic Dentistry Practice
Dr. Kathleen Carson, Dr. Markiewicz, and their Agoura Hills, CA dental team believe wholeheartedly in the mouth-body connection and use holistic dentistry to help patients benefit from a healthy smile. If you are interested in dental restorations that are tooth-colored, more bio-friendly, and safe removal of old amalgam fillings, contact our office at (818) 889-0400.