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4 Things to Consider Before Removing Your Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings contain approximately 50% mercury. New research has shown that such fillings expose patients and dental staff alike to mercury vapor, a highly toxic element of which there is no known safe level of exposure. If you’re concerned about an existing amalgam filling, read on to learn about the safe mercury removal protocol at our Calgary dental clinic and how we can replace your silver fillings with a more biocompatible composite or ceramic one. 

Amalgam fillings contain approximately 50% mercury, as well as other components including silver, copper, and tin. Mercury is a known neurotoxin and as such, the debate as to whether amalgam fillings are safe for use in dentistry has been a subject of heated debate over the past few decades.

In fact, some of the potential health complications that can be associated with mercury exposure include an increased risk of: 

  • Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
  • Hearing loss
  • Cardiovascular problems 
  • Kidney disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome 
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideations 
  • Reproductive dysfunction
  • Lou Gehrig's Disease
  • Thyroiditis 
  • Chronic mercury poisoning 

Safe Mercury Removal and Composite Fillings at Our Holistic Dental Clinic 

At Dr. Korol Dental Clinic, our team of dentists understands that there are many components that work together to achieve your body’s complete health. Our integrated and holistic approach to dental care is designed to help you reach your optimal level of health. Our clinic strives to use only the safest, most biocompatible dental materials and offer the most minimally-invasive and long-lasting treatment options available.

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I Already Have Amalgam Fillings - What Should I Do? 

Did you receive an amalgam filling before the potential health risks of such a filling became more widely known? Are you looking to safely remove this amalgam filling, but aren’t sure how to proceed? At Dr. Korol Dental Clinic, we have the experience and expertise to safely remove your mercury filling and replace it with a ceramic or composite one. 

Advantages of Composite and Ceramic Restorations:

Many of our Calgary patients now prefer composite or ceramic fillings not only because of the decreased potential health implications but also because such fillings are: 

  • Natural-looking 
  • More aesthetically pleasing compared to silver fillings
  • Sturdy, durable, and long-lasting 
  • Cost-effective and reliable 
  • Non-toxic  



The ‘SMART’ Way to Remove Amalgam Fillings 

In order to lessen a patient’s and dental professional’s exposure to mercury while an amalgam filling is being removed, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) has created a Safe Mercury Filling Removal Protocol. 

Known as SMART, the process employs key safety measures to protect the patient, dentist, and environment, from toxic mercury vapor. This is the safest way to have your filling removed and replaced. 



3 Things to Consider Before Removing Your Amalgam Filling 

Removing and replacing your amalgam filling is an important step towards achieving total body health. However, before you do so, here are some important things to consider: 

1. Is your dentist properly trained to safely remove your amalgam filling? Removing an amalgam filling is a process that must be done correctly. If not, it may make you lose your healthy tooth and expose you to considerably more mercury vapor. At Dr. Korol Dental, we are experienced in the ‘SMART’ way to remove amalgam fillings, ensuring the process is safe from beginning to end. 

2. Talk to your dentist about any precautions taken during the procedure. Before you undergo this procedure, you must ask your dentist about the precautions they plan to take for your safety, as well as for the safety of the dental staff. 

3. Talk to your dentist about what dental materials they plan on using. As dentists with a holistic philosophy, we aim to use the safest, most biocompatible materials. Before removing your amalgam filling, ask your dentist what dental materials they are planning on using for the replacement.

Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up 

While you may feel a little self-conscious about walking into your dentist’s office with a list of questions and preferred methods of treatment, you should never be afraid to speak up when it comes to your health. At Dr. Korol, we welcome our patients’ questions and are happy to discuss the exact methods we use to practice safe and holistic dentistry. 


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To find out more about our safe mercury removal procedures, and how we can help you achieve total body wellness, contact our Calgary dental clinic at 403-245-9099 or fill in our online contact form.

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