Amalgam removal dentist in Brisbane Dr Rachel Hall has been providing holistic dentistry for over 20 years. Evolve Dental Healing is a SMART certified dental practice, but what does that mean for you?
All dental amalgam restorations contain approximately 50% mercury, and reports and research are consistent that these fillings emit mercury vapours.
Scientific research demonstrates that dental mercury amalgam exposes dental professionals, dental staff, dental patients, and/or foetuses to releases of mercury vapour, mercury-containing particulate, and/or other forms of mercury contamination.
Mercury vapour is known to be released from dental mercury amalgam fillings at higher rates during brushing, cleaning, clenching of teeth, chewing, etc. and mercury is also known to be released during the placement, replacement, and removal of dental mercury amalgam fillings.
Safety recommendations for the removal of existing dental mercury amalgam fillings, including detailed protective measures that are to be utilised for the procedure are based on available scientific evidence.
Safe amalgam removal techniques incorporate the use of masks, water irrigation, and high volume suction as well as additional protective measures such as filtration and mercury capture devices.
Removing amalgam fillings safely involves the following procedures and protocols:
We do not recommend amalgam filling removal for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, nor do we recommend that dental personnel who are pregnant or breastfeeding conduct work that disrupts amalgam fillings (including their removal).
(scientific references for amalgam removal can be reviewed here)
Dental amalgam safety has been debated since the use of this dental material began over 150 years ago, and much of the debate has centred on the mercury in these fillings under the assumption that this type of mercury is safe when this is in fact not the case.
The truth is that the type of mercury used in amalgam fillings is elemental (metallic) mercury, which is the same type of mercury used in certain types of thermometers (many of which have been banned). All forms of mercury are dangerous, and exposure to mercury, even in minute amounts, is known to be toxic and poses significant risks to human health.
All dental amalgam restorations contain approximately 50% mercury, and reports and research are consistent that these fillings emit mercury, exposing dental patients, dental professionals, dental staff, and their foetuses to this known neurotoxin.
Properly diagnosing “adverse health effects” related to dental mercury amalgam fillings is complicated by the fact that reactions can take years to manifest and by the intricate list of potential responses to the substance, which include over 250 specific symptoms. Not all patients will experience the same symptom or combination of symptoms and hence it is difficult to see that the symptoms are those of mercury exposure.
Dr Rachel Hall is a SMART certified dentist and has been providing amalgam removal services for over 20 years, helping thousands of patients have mercury-free mouths and healthy smiles.
To book your amalgam removal consultation and comprehensive mouth examination call 07 3720 1811 today