Amalgam refers to the metal or silver fillings that traditional dentists often use for dental fillings. These amalgams often contain mercury and can have a negative impact on the body. There are numerous studies that explain why amalgam fillings are controversial and why some dentists have made the decision to approach dentistry metal free. Though we can’t legally state health claims ourselves, we can show you what our patients have said about their amalgam filling removal.
Safe Amalgam Removal
Dr. Hatcher is your Minneapolis amalgam removal specialist. He upholds the highest standards to ensure that your amalgams are removed and exposure to mercury vapor and particles is minimized. The process to remove these fillings needs to be done under certain conditions with a mercury-free dentist who has the right experience and equipment to perform the procedure.
Removing Silver Fillings
1. During amalgam removal the filling must be constantly cooled with water and air. The friction created while drilling increases the temperature of the filling which increases the amount of mercury vapor released. Keeping the filling cool will minimize the amount of mercury vapor that is released.
2. We use a high-volume evacuator that captures mercury vapor and particles. The suction system that most holistic dentists like Dr. Hatcher use is much more powerful than that of a pro-amalgam dentist.
3. In addition to the high-volume evacuator we use an additional air filtering vacuum to capture any escaped mercury vapor that may be harmful to the patient and to the dentist.
4. We provide our patients with an alternative air source. While the mercury is being removed we attach a protective mask; the patient is encouraged to breathe compressed air through their nose.
5. Depending on the preference of the patient we like to use a rubber dam to isolate the area that is being worked on. The rubber dam working in conjunction with the evacuate system minimizes the amount of mercury vapor being breathed and eliminates the risk of amalgam particles being swallowed.
6. Dr. Hatcher works with his assistant Deb to ensure immediate disposal of filling particles.
7. Upon completion of the procedure gloves and rubber dam are disposed and proper rinse and vacuum of the oral cavity take place.
8. Following the thorough rinse and vacuum, protective covering is removed and the patient’s face and neck are cleaned.
9. Our dental office is also equipped with an additional air purification system ensuring that no mercury vapor is exposed to staff and other patients.
If you are looking for safe amalgam removal in Minneapolis, Dr. Hatcher is a very experienced dentist. He follows all protocol to ensure that you and his staff are safe during the process. If you have any questions about being mercury free call our office at 651.454.9028; we would love to hear from you!