Keeping your smile healthy with mercury free fillings in Moonee Ponds

At Smile in Style, we use the latest technologies in Dentistry to treat our patients. We use high standards of care which include; use of the Diagnodent for laser decay detection, the dental laser for many dental procedures and a safe amalgam protocol to remove amalgam restorations. We do not use amalgam; instead we use biocompatible restorative materials. At Smile in Style, your dentist in Moonee Ponds will provide you with healthy, biocompatible tooth colour restorations made from composite or porcelain (CEREC) materials.

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Amalgam is made up of a mixture of different metals including 50% liquid mercury by weight to bond and hold the material together. Mercury is a natural element that has extremely toxic characteristics. Mercury is the most toxic of all heavy metals, even more poisonous than arsenic or lead. Radioactive materials are the only group of materials that are more toxic to the body than mercury.

Those who support the use of dental amalgam believe that this substance, in such small amounts, cannot harm the body. Amalgam, many believe, creates strong, inexpensive restorations that last many years. The truth is that mercury vapours are constantly released from amalgam restorations. This mercury vapour released from amalgam restorations may accumulate in the body, which can result in a range of severe illnesses and may severely compromise health in the long term.

Furthermore, amalgam actually may not be as good for teeth as some think. Being formed from various metals, amalgam restorations expand and contract with temperature changes. This expansion and contraction often leads to the eventual fracture of the tooth requiring further treatment and possible loss of the tooth.

For these reasons many of our patients seek our “safe” amalgam removal protocol and then choose to replace their amalgam restorations with composite or porcelain CEREC restorations.

At Smile in Style we practice Holistic Dentistry. Contact Smile in Style Moonee Ponds for your appointment. Ph. 03 8400 4104.

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Safe Amalgam Removal Protocol

  • Chlorella drink prior is given prior to treatment and a mouth rinse post-treatment. Chlorella can help bind and prevent mercury absorption.
  • Physical protective barriers - Masks, protective coverings, eyewear, in-mouth non-latex dental dams, and other steps are taken to prevent physical contact with mercury for the patient and staff.
  • Oral evacuation - Generous amounts of water are used to continuously rinse particulate matter from the mouth while suctioning it away. Combined with protective dental dams, this prevents patients from swallowing dental amalgam particles during treatment. Additionally, the rinsing helps lower the temperature of the filling, reducing the amount of mercury vapour released.
  • External air - A continuous supply of non-contaminated air or oxygen is delivered via a mask or similar apparatus, preventing inhalation of mercury vapour or particles.
  • "Chunk it out" method - Rather than using a drill to grind the filling down, it is carefully removed in the largest possible pieces, minimising friction, vaporisation.
  • High Volume Evacuation Suction is used by the dental assistant to remove amalgam particles in the mouth.
  • High Volume Air suction and Air Purifiers are used in the clinical room that is able to remove mercury vapour from the room.
  • Amalgam separator use - This device collects mercury-contaminated waste before it can enter the sewage system, allowing us to dispose of it safely.