Even though the ADA and the Ohio State Dental Board (as well as numerous well respected studies) continue to assure the public that silver-mercury fillings are safe, many people are convinced they are not. In response to requests by patients and their medical providers, we have adopted safety protocols to remove silver-mercury fillings.
For people concerned with the risk of mercury toxicity, specifically related to the removal of existing silver mercury fillings, we recommend the below precautions. These measures are based on IAOMT (International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) recommendations and include the following:
These precautions are extensive and costly and add considerable time to dental procedures. For those who would like us to incorporate these protocols into their care, a surcharge is added to their bill, which is not covered by insurance.
Restoring weakened teeth happens once the old fillings have been removed. Many teeth are significantly compromised, either by cracks or by decay (which often does not show up in radiographs). We use several types of tooth-strengthening restorations to repair these weakened teeth including:
Call the Van Hala Dental Group to discuss safe silver-mercury removal.