All amalgam restorations (gray fillings) contain 50% mercury and mercury vapor is released during chewing, brushing, clenching and cleaning. However, most of the mercury vapor is also released while making amalgam fillings and removing them.
Subsequent to amalgam fillings the severity of some diseases (Tachycardia, Alzheimer, MS, Parkinson, Thyroid Diseases, Intestinal Problems, etc.) increases and decreases when the fillings are removed under appropriate conditions. For this reason, a special protocol is applied when removing amalgam fillings to ensure the safety of the patient, the physician, the healthcare staff and the environment.
So when should amalgam fillings change?
Amalgam fillings should be changed when the integrity of the fillings is compromised, if there are openings on the edges, if there are too many amalgam fillings in the mouth (as the amount of mercury vapor to be released may increase and cause toxic effects), in the presence of diseases whose exact cause cannot be found (to eliminate possible factors), if detoxification is required to for the toxins in the body, replacement of these fillings is recommended.
What should be considered during amalgam filling removal?
- It is not recommended for pregnant women and nursing mothers.
- Not more than two fillings filled with amalgam should be removed at the same time.
- Physicians and healthcare professionals should wear a special gas mask that can filter mercury.
- Dismantling should be performed with a mercury filter device that makes strong vacuum during dismantling.
- Rubber covers must be used.
- It should be dismantled in large pieces under plenty of water.
- If possible, the room should be ventilated during the procedure.
- Before and after the procedure, the mouth should be rinsed with mercury binding agents.
- A mercury filtering system should be integrated into the wastewater system to prevent the dismantled amalgam from harming the environment.