Replacing mercury fillings is an important step in reducing continual exposure to toxic mercury vapors released from biting down on amalgams. Mercury, the most toxic substance on earth, according to Dr. Paul Gilbert, graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and long-time master practitioner of the Academy of General Dentistry, plays a role in a plethora of serious diseases effecting almost every system in the body. Many lay people, as well as a growing group of dentists, believe removal of mercury amalgam fillings helps reduce the incidence of side effects, helping the body strengthen to overcome chronic diseases and heal.
Check how much experience the dentist has removing mercury amalgams. Use someone who specializes in this procedure.
Inquire about the type of materials used to replace your old fillings. They should be biocompatible and have no metals, being made from pure porcelain.
Ask whether the dentist will refer you to a clinical kinesiologist to be tested for the specific materials used to make your new fillings and crowns. Tests should include materials for glue used and temporary fillings also.
Get references from the dentist and check them. Interview the dentist beforehand to make sure your are comfortable with her.
Inquire about the room you will be in and whether it has adequate ventilation. It is important to have a clean air environment in which mercury fumes released during drilling are removed with ion generators and fans.
Ask if the dentist will be using a rubber dam to protect you from inhaling or swallowing mercury particles when amalgams are drilled out of your teeth.
View all instructional materials in the form of pamphlets and videos ahead of time and ask all questions before starting.
Check the office policies for payment plans offered or whether your work will be covered by your insurance company.
Arrange a plan of action with the dentist if you need to have more than just a few fillings replaced. Most of the time the dentist will try to work on one quadrant at a time over a period of time.
Inquire about what kind of homeopathic, herbal or other natural products and procedures the dentist recommends for after care and removal of mercury from your system once dental work is complete.