“I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel…” –Hippocrates’ Oath
Our profession is divided on whether mercury used in filling material poses a threat to your safety. The main reason for this division is that there is no way of dividing two groups of people that are exactly the same in every way except one group has mercury fillings and the other doesn’t. Because of this, a true scientific study showing detrimental effect of mercury fillings will likely never happen. However, that does not mean mercury is not harmless.
Lets look at some indisputable facts:
Mercury is a neurotoxin.
The only safe level of mercury in our bodies is ZERO.
64% of dentists STILL PLACE MERCURY IN PEOPLES MOUTHS!
Mercury is the most toxic non-radioactive metal known to man.
For dentists, it is legal for us to put mercury in your mouth but not in the SEWER.
When amalgam fillings are removed, as dentists, we must hire a toxic waste disposal company to dispose of scraps by law.
Mercury vapors are released from amalgam fillings for the LIFE OF THE FILLINGS.
Mercury is such an environmental toxin, in some countries, it must be removed from the deceased before cremation.
WE FEEL THAT IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO SIMPLY NOT PLACE MERCURY FILLINGS. WE FEEL REMOVAL OF OLD MERCURY FILLINGS REQUIRES A LEVEL OF SCRUTENY AND EXPERTISE TO MINIMZE YOUR EXPOSURE NOT COMMONLY FOUND IN MOST DENTAL PRACTICES.
Although we place an emphasis on mercury safe dental care by using the latest is precautions to minimize mercury exposure and using only mercury free dental filling alternatives, we make no claim nor offer guarantees relative to improvement of ones health following removal of mercury dental fillings. We also must all realize that, even with the best of precautions, a minimal exposure to mercury will still occur and it will not be zero.
Each of us is genetically unique and each of us handles toxins in our own unique ways. Some of us can push the mercury out through the gut, urine, skin, etc. and some of us can’t. Those who can’t, in many cases, pay a huge price due to the deleterious effects of this toxin. Mercury is the great imposter, manifesting itself in a myriad of ways within each of us. Despite the debate regarding the safety of mercury fillings and the fact that body chemistry varies from person to person, our philosophy is to avoid any problems by promoting the usage of mercury free dental care.
We use the highest standard in safe mercury removal practices as recommended by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) – an organization Dr. Bunchman is a proud member of:
1. An alternate source of oxygen is provided during the removal process
2. A non-latex “rubber dam” is used to isolate the teeth with the mercury fillings; it serves to minimize swallowing of particles of the old filling.
3. Water constantly bathes the mercury dental filling to prevent vapors from escaping. The filling is also removed in sections where possible.
4. A special trap captures the solid particles of the mercury dental fillings so that they do not enter the environment. A company comes by periodically, takes and disposes of these scraps, and gives us a certificate that verifies they were disposed of properly.
5. A special drill is used to minimize the ‘misting’ of mercury vapors into the air.
6. The suction used by the assistant is connected to a vacuum that has twice the suction power of the standard in the profession. This also minimized the amount of mercury vapor that is released into the room.
7. A charcoal filtered, portable suction unit pulls fresh air over the patients face and provides additional protection from mercury vapors.
8. Multiple ionizers run 24/7 in the office as an additional safeguard to keep down mercury vapors for everyone.
9. Our team must stay protected too, We use special filters on our masks during the mercury removal process to protect ourselves.