If your teeth are filled with dark, gray metal fillings, you've got more to worry about than your appearance. Metal amalgams can damage teeth. Temperature sensitive, amalgams expand with heat and contract with cold. This movement weakens the tooth wall, leading to fractures and also allows bacteria to enter and cause decay. They contain mercury that may have long-term health effects. Tooth-colored composite fillings are a safer, stronger, more attractive and more enduring alternative to metal. They conservatively restore your teeth to strength and your smile to beauty.
Today's modern white filling materials strengthen teeth unlike the mercury amalgam fillings of years past. These new materials restore teeth to their original look, feel, and beauty. Laugh again with confidence.
Safe Mercury Filling Removal
Most people do not realize that their “silver” fillings are 45-55 percent mercury—the most toxic nonradioactive neurotoxin commonly known today. Mercury is recognized as a chemical of major concern because it poses a dangerous threat to public health. Mercury accumulates in the body, and any amount of mercury taken into the body should be considered hazardous.
Replacing failing silver amalgam fillings must be done with specific protocols to avoid patient and practitioner exposure. Dr. Wissinger provides this safe mercury removal technique, following the guidelines recommended by The International Acamademy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). There is plenty of information out there on the controversies behind these types of fillings, and cautions that unsafe removal of them can release toxic mercury vapor and debris.
To accomplish safe removal, our patients breathe oxygen during the procedure to avoid the mercury vapor exposure in front of the mouth. We utilize specific hazmat-type removal protocols, and the doctor and assistant use mercury vapor masks during the procedure. The patient uses a chelating rinse and vitamin C prior to starting. The mouth is then draped and protected from removal grindings and toxic fragments. Everything is done to protect the patient and to minimize everyone’s risk of exposure.