We at New Era Dentistry have been Mercury Free for a long time. However, there is a distinction between being Mercury Free (not putting Mercury fillings in peoples’ teeth) and being “Mercury Safe”. We go above and beyond to protect you the patient, ourselves, and the environment. So when you decide to have your Mercury Amalgam fillings replaced, you are doing it at the right place! Our office takes special care to protect YOU the patient, along with everyone else in the office. Whether you are doing this for health reasons, to make your teeth look better, or because your teeth are cracking and decaying around the mercury filling, you want to make sure that the precautions set forth by the IAOMT and Dr. Hal Huggins are followed.Following are all of the steps that we take to ensure your safety, as well as ours:
- Rubber Dam (non-latex)
We place a non-latex Dental Dam to isolate the teeth from the rest of the oral cavity. Studies show that plasma levels of Mercury in the urine are reduced when a rubber dam is used. Also, it has been shown that use of a non-latex rubber dam further reduces the mercury vapors that get into the oral cavity. As soon as the Mercury amalgams are out, we will remove the rubber dam, thoroughly rinse your mouth, and place a new clean rubber dam for bonding.
- HgX Cream
After the Rubber Dam is placed, we smear a layer of this cream all over the dam. This is a non-hazardous, metallic-mercury/sulfide converting cream that reduces any mercury vapor that may get through the rubber dam. See this website http://www.actontech.com/hgx1.htm for more about HgX cream.
- Cover the patient
We have the patient covered from head to toe with barriers to prevent any spattered particles of amalgam (mercury) from landing on your clothes, skin, or hair. (input photo here)
- Controlling the Breathing Space
We place a large vacuum hose next to the chin of the patient, which suctions the air and mercury vapors being released for the filling removal, and then puts it through a 3 level filtration. Read more here on this website http://www.dentairvac.com/benefitstxt.htm
- Supplemental Air
The patient is supplied with pure oxygen to breathe through the nose while we are removing the mercury fillings.
- Keep it cool and chunk it out
Heat releases far more mercury, so when the fillings are drilled out, our assistants are
constantly spraying water over the fillings. Also, the doctors remove the fillings in chunks, so that the amount of vapors released are minimized. This takes a bit longer, and a bit more care, but it’s worth it!
- Air Filtration
Each room has a negative ion generator which produces over 2 billion negative ions per second. These negative ions trap positively charged mercury ions (and other air borne particles) which are then blown by a fan across the room to a plate that collects them. See this website about the ionizers http://nucove.com/tactairsystems.html
The doctor and the assistant wear respirators to protect ourselves from the mercury vapors.
- Activated Charcoal
There is some evidence that taking activated charcoal 10-15 minutes before amalgam removal can bind particulate Mercury if swallowed. This is optional and available if you should choose.
- Vitamin C
It has been shown that high doses of Vitamin C during and after the procedure aids the patient both in immunity, and because Vitamin C is a natural chelator. We can arrange an IV drip immediately following the procedure, or we can supply a revolutionary oral route of Vitamin C. Check out this site for more on Vitamin C http://www.livonlabs.com/
- Compatability Testing
We offer compatibility testing to ensure that the materials we use to replace the mercury fillings will not cause any sensitivity or reaction with you, the patient. View this website to learn more about the Clifford compatibility test.