I have a bunch of silver fillings that I am uncomfortable keeping in my mouth. I spoke with my dentist and he said there is no point in removing them. I was a bit frustrated with that. I spoke to a friend who said she had the same problem with her dentist but that she went to a holistic dentist. I told my husband about that option, but he’s worried they are not legitimate dentists. Are holistic dentists my only option for getting rid of these?
I smiled at your husband’s comment. Holistic dentists are simply general dentists who practice a specific philosophy of treatment. So, yes, they are legitimate dentists. In this philosophy, the dentist is not just focused on your teeth. Instead, he or she considers the impact on your entire body. Other general dentists (though not all) are willing to do that as well, even if they do not use the term holistic dentist.
You have two good options for getting your silver/amalgam fillings removed. The first is a holistic dentist. However, it is not your only option. You can also see a mercury-free dentist as well. They will be willing to exchange your fillings. The reason I suggest these two types of dentists is they will know the procedure that will safely remove your amalgam fillings.
I don’t know if you are aware that the largest ingredient in the silver fillings is mercury. Because this is a known toxin, they have to be carefully removed so that you do not inhale any mercury vapors or swallow any pieces. There is a sanitary removal process and it will be important that it is followed.
The two types of dentists I mentioned above should both know the sanitary amalgam removal process. This should include a stopper dam, a vent to suck up mercury vapors, as well as some running cool water to keep the mercury from melting.
Who knows, in the process, you may actually find a new dentist, who does a better job of keeping up with the latest developments in their field.
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