We offer biological dentistry that is tailored for each individual with the option to do sensitivity testing to ensure the best health outcomes.
As a holistic dentist, Dr. Adam Piotrowski understands how silver amalgam fillings can affect your overall health. This is why he takes every precaution to keep you, himself, his team, and the environment safe from mercury vapors during amalgam filling removal.
Amalgam fillings contain about 50% mercury, releasing toxic vapors in your mouth every time you brush your teeth or chew. Fortunately, Dr. Piotrowski is an approved amalgam removal dentist, certified through the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT). He uses the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) to help patients who have silver fillings in their mouths. Continue reading to learn more about amalgam filling removal.
Should I remove my amalgam fillings?
If your amalgam fillings are intact and in good condition, we’ll recommend leaving them in your mouth. Yet, it’s important to remember that each patient is different. For example, we may need to remove an amalgam filling if there is decay around the filling. Some people have heavy metal toxicity or other issues that could predicate removal. Others may have a genetic susceptibility to the effects of mercury and may be especially sensitive to it, while there are certain people who may have their entire mouths full of Amalgam and have no issues. Some patients just don’t like how they look or feel and prefer they be removed for esthetic reasons. Each person is an individual and we strive to treat each person as such.
What should I expect?
Your safety is of utmost importance while removing silver fillings. This is why it’s vital you schedule an appointment with our holistic dentist, Dr. Piotrowski. Our dentist follows the IAOMT protocol for safe amalgam removal, which is outlined below:
How We’ll Protect You During Amalgam Removal
- Charcoal rinse (or a similar absorbent) before and after procedure to capture and eliminate any mercury that gets past our defenses
- Full-body impermeable barrier to protect your skin and clothing
- Oxygen supply so you don’t breathe in any harmful particles or fumes
- Suction for saliva
- Suction by tooth to capture harmful particles or fumes
- Suction 2-4 inches from your mouth to capture airborne particles or fumes
- Dental dam (rubber sheet) to isolate the tooth from the rest of your mouth
- Face and neck barrier that is under and around the dam
During amalgam removal, we’re not only careful of the filling itself, but the mercury vapors and particles released during the procedure. Without these precautions, mercury would be free to enter your airway, bloodstream, and the rest of your body. Mercury can also contaminate the environment.
Once you’re fully protected, we’ll cut and remove your amalgam filling in large chunks, minimizing your exposure to mercury vapors. After removing silver fillings, we’ll thoroughly rinse out your mouth with water. We’ll also ask you to rinse and swallow a slurry of charcoal or a similar absorbent. The slurry is a precaution we take to capture and eliminate any mercury particles that could have slipped past our defenses.
What about other dental restorations?
In addition to white fillings, we also offer ceramic/zirconia dental implants as an alternative to traditional titanium implants. Our holistic dentist in Grand Rapids, MI uses ceramic/zirconia dental implants to meet a higher standard of dental care. If you’ve recently lost a tooth, ask Dr. Piotrowski if you’re a candidate for dental implants. We also offer other metal-free restorations, partial dentures, ozone therapy, biological extractions with PRF (platelet rich fibrin), and kids sleep treatments including: grinding/bruxism, bedwetting, and many other dental services to make a difference in your smile today!
Dr. Piotrowski is an amalgam filling removal dentist in Grand Rapids, MI. To request an appointment and learn more about safe amalgam removal, call Precision Family Dental at (616) 207-1280.