Mercury Amalgam Removal
A Holistic Approach
Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal
Smile Angels of Beverly Hills believes in a holistic approach to dentistry that fouses on the use of biocompatible and durable materials to contribute to whole-body wellness. One of the foundations of holistic dentistry is using fillings and composite material that are safer than outdated amalgam fillings that an leak mercury. Our amalgam-free office offers safe amalgam removal in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles to protect your health and reduce the risk of potential health complications from mercury exposure.
What Is Safe Amalgam Removal?
Traditionally, fillings are replaced in a process called drill and fill. This means the old filling is drilled out and refilled. At Smile Angels, we use a safe mercury removal technique as drilling an amalgam filling actually releases a large amount of mercury vapor and particulates. Safe amalgam removal involves a strict protocol that is followed to removal amalgam without an increased risk of mercury exposure or health effects. Smile Angels follows the safe mercury removal protocol recommended by the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT).
Why Consider Safe Amalgam Removal in Beverly Hills?
You may be interested in replacing traditional metal or amalgam fillings for cosmetic reasons as these outdated fillings are far from subtle or you may be concerned about the health risks of leaving amalgam fillings in your mouth. Our patients come to us for safe amalgam removal for many reasons.
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Amalgam contains mercury
One of the biggest concerns with silver fillings is about 50% of amalgam is liquid mercury, a highly toxic substance. Mercury is used because it's a liquid at room temperature and easily bonds with alloys. In the past, it was believed that amalgam fillings were inert and no mercury would be released from a filling, but new testing shows this isn't the case. The FDA has found that amalgam fillings release small amounts of mercury vapor which is inhaled.
While there is controversy about whether amalgam fillings are safe and the risk of mercury exposure from a filling, Smile Angels believes in taking every possible precaution to deliver safe, holistic dentistry. It's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health.
Amalgam fillings have a life expectancy
Amalgam fillings work differently than composite fillings or bonding which bonds to the tooth itself. Amalgam fillings merely pack a cavity and only last up to 10 years. As the filling wears away, it allows bacteria to move under the filling to cause tooth decay. By the time you notice, a new filling may not be an option: you may need a crown instead.
Amalgam reacts to changing temperatures
It isn't just mercury that poses a concern with amalgam fillings: the metal also contracts and expands with changes in temperature. While drinking something hot, the amalgam will expand and strain the tooth. While eating something cold, the metal contracts and creates tiny gaps between the tooth and filling. This can contribute to tooth fractures and decay.
Amalgam won't strengthen your tooth
An amalgam filling only works to fill a hole in you tooth; it doesn't bond with the tooth itself. A composite filling bonds directly with the tooth to strengthen the structure of the tooth and prevent an uneven distribution of force when biting.
Amalgam fillings don't look natural
Of course, even if you aren't concerned about mercury and the potential health risks of amalgam fillings, aesthetics may also be a concern. Composite fillings look just like your natural teeth and are practically invisible to truly restore your teeth.
How Safe Mercury Removal Works
Safe amalgam removal uses a multi-step protocol to protect you and staff members from mercury vapor exposure:
- A breathing mask is used to filter mercury and deliver clean air
- A non-latex dam is used to isolate the target teeth from the rest of your mouth to avoid contact with particles
- A specialized suction device is used to collect large pieces of amalgam and direct mercury vapor to a filter
- Amalgam is removed in the largest pieces possible with a small-diameter drill
- You will be proteted with a disposable drape
- Activated charcoal and/or chlorella may be recommended
While safe amalgam removal takes a bit longer than traditional filling removal, we believe it's worth the extra effort to put your health first.
After safe mercury removal is complete, your Beverly Hills dentist will replace your amalgam fillings with safe, biocompatible composite fillings, crowns, or inlays. Composite material looks just like your natural tooth and bonds with the tooth for superior protection and a beautiful, natural-looking, and healthy smile.
Ozone Therapy for Safe Mercury Removal
At Smile Angels of Beverly Hills, we take the safe amalgam removal process a step further by incorporating ozone therapy, a safe and effective solution that helps disinfect your mouth to reduce the risk of infection during your procedure.
Ozone is made up of three oxygen atoms instead of the two oxygen atoms we breathe. In the atmosphere, ozone binds with atmospheric pollutants because it works to filter out "bad" particles. Ozone is negatively charged and attempts to neutralize anything with a positive charge, including bacteria and virus cells in the mouth. In the mouth, O3 becomes O2 and the remaining oxygen atom works to kill bacteria and disinfect your mouth.
We use ozone therapy for a variety of dental procedures including safe mercury removal.
Insurance & Financing
At Smile Angels of Beverly Hills, we strive to make dental care as affordable as possible. We offer free consultations and pre-treatment evaluations with custom treatment plans and individual cost estimates. We can also work with you to understand your insurance coverage and help you understand what your insurance will and will not cover to make informed treatment decisions.
We also offer affordable financing for safe amalgam removal through CareCredit. This medical financing solution can be used to pay for any treatments with low monthly payments to make safe mercury removal as affordable as possible.
Where to Find a Holistic Dentist for Safe Mercury Removal
Looking for affordable and safe amalgam removal in Beverly Hills? Smile Angels is proud to offer a safe mercury removal protocol based on a holistic approach to dentistry. Our state-of-the-art dental office is equipped to perform safe mercury removal and filling replacement to support your overall well-being and reduce the health risks of mercury vapor exposure from outdated and potentially unsafe amalgam fillings.
Ready to learn more about safe mercury removal in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, CA? Contact Smile Angels today to schedule your free consultation and pre-treatment evaluation to find out how we can improve your smile and health by replacing your silver fillings with composite material.
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