Safe Amalgam Filling Removal with e.s.i. Healthy Dentistry
Amalgam tooth fillings, more commonly referred to as the unrecommended name of “silver fillings,” are fillings made up of a composite of several different materials, including mercury, silver, tin, and copper.
An amalgam filling may last up to fifteen years, and whether or not one has that much time is dependent on the tooth and the filling. When amalgam fillings need to be removed, it is important to have the right dental team behind these procedures.
e.s.i. Healthy Dentistry’s Dr. Kilimitzoglou and Dr. Patrie utilize a holistic approach to dental treatment, allowing for a safe and effective removal of amalgam fillings. The e.s.i. team places special emphasis on the mercury vapor that may become present during filling removal. The goal is to ensure as little exposure to the toxic metals found within the filling as possible.
As e.s.i states: “Since amalgam fillings contain mercury, Dr. Kilimitzoglou and Dr. Patrie do everything possible to reduce their patient’s exposure to mercury vapor during amalgam removal. They adhere to the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) protocol (also known as the Huggins protocol).”
It is an involved process to safely remove an amalgam filling while also avoiding their potential toxins. At e.s.i., it begins with the isolation of the filling in question through use of a latex-free rubber dam.
Throughout the procedure, water is used to abate mercury vapor and to keep the process clean. This allows for a very minimal amount of the mercury vapor to be exposed to the patient. A suction device then helps for an unobtrusive removal of the water.
This procedure is a common one, and through e.s.i.’s holistic method, patients can feel at ease that their dental work and the staff taking care of them are top of the line.
With specializations within a variety of dental procedures and an emphasis on patient-comfort, look no further than e.s.i Healthy Dentistry for all of your dental needs. Contact e.s.i. or schedule an appointment today to learn more.