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Safety Precautions During Amalgam Removal

The Dangers Of Amalgam (Mercury-Based) Dental Fillings

Amalgam (amalgam is a dental filling material which contains 30% to 50% mercury and is used to make "silver" dental fillings) removal requires the dentist to drill out the amalgam material with a high-speed dental drill which creates heat and vaporizes much of the amalgam material. This vapor contains a considerable amount of mercury and can be very harmful. Therefore, it is recommended that extreme safety precautions be taken to protect both the patient and the dentist from mercury exposure during amalgam removal.

Preparing for Removal

Some dentists suggest the patient prepare for the procedure in the following ways.

Algin Supplementation

Some dentists recommend taking Algin within 24 hours of the procedure to absorb mercury that may be ingested during the procedure. Algin is a non-digestible fiber that binds to mercury in the colon to prevent it from becoming reabsorbed into the blood. We consider Algin the single most important mercury-protection supplement.

Chlorella Supplementation

Some dentists recommend a large amount of chlorella be taken within 24 hours before the procedure. This helps to chelate mercury and transport it to the digestive system. This is what I use: Green Zone (contains many green nutrients with chlorella).

Avoid Vitamin C

Vitamin C is known to interfere with the action of many local anaesthesia medications. For this reason, some experience pain during dental procedures. Many dentists, therefore, recommend avoiding vitamin C for a 24 hour period before an appointment.

Precautions During Removal

Following is a partial list of precautions that progressive "natural" dentists are taking while removing dental amalgam from patients.

Rubber Dam

Choose a dentist that uses a rubber dam during amalgam removal to reduce the amount of mercury ingested orally.

Cover All Skin

Cover all exposed skin (including the face) with blankets or material that is impermeable to mercury to reduce skin exposure to mercury vapor and dust. Some dentists use a surgical mask to cover the mouth and then place a blanket over the surgical mask. Of couse, this would require the use of a nasal oxygen supply.


Place full-coverage eye goggles on the patient to prevent mercury from settling on the eye.

Air Purification

You should have a [ high-volume mercury-rated air purifier] during the procedure to reduce mercury vapor inhalation. Place the intake tube near the work area.

Sublingual Chlorella & Charcoal Paste

Place a mixture of chlorella and/or activated charcoal under the tongue or in the mouth (if tolerable) of the patient. Replace the mixture when moving from quadrant to quadrant.

Independent Oxygen Supply

Provide an alternative nasal air source for the patient using bottled air. This helps prevent inhalation of mercury vapor and dust during the removal.

After the Removal

After the procedure, there are precautions that can be taken to help reduce the risk of harm by mercury exposure.

Change Your Clothes

Changing your clothes will help prevent you from exposure to mercury dust that will inevitability find its way into your clothes during the removal. We even recommend changing undergarments just to be sure.

Take A Shower

Taking a shower immediately after your removal is a good, common sense precaution you can take. This should help protect you from reabsorbing mercury contained in small particles and mercury dust that may fall on your skin during the removal.

Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonics)

Having Colon hydrotherapy (colonics) within 24 hours after the procedure can help remove excess mercury from your body that may have been absorbed during the removal process. Most mercury is excreeted through the large intestine so this is a good place to keep clean.

Take Supplements

Numerous supplements can be taken after the procedure to expediate the detoxification process. It is important to have a good plan in place before having amalgams removed so the plan can be implemented as soon as the procedure is complete.

Of couse, within 24 hours after the removal, you may want to take large amounts of Algin—perhaps 2000mg 4 times per day—to help bind to mercury and prevent reabsorbtion through the intestinal walls. You may want to contine this for 3 to 4 days after the removal. Then you can drop down to about 1500mg 3 times per day. Also, remember to drink lots of water.

Wash Your Bed Sheets

Much mercury leaves the body by sweating. If you've been having sweating fits at night—as many mercury toxic people do—you'll want to make sure you go to bed with freshly-washed sheets to avoid any unnecessary mercury exposure.

Smart Dentists Protect Themselves

These are pictures of my dentist. Notice the precautions that are being used against exposure to highly-toxic mercury vapor.

Both the dentist and his assistant are wearing special breathing apparatus. Their bodies are also completely covered to prevent mercury vapor from falling on their skin. The patient's body is mostly covered as well.

Numerous other precautions are also used including mercury-vapor air filters, rubber dams, chlorella and activated charcoal beneath the tongue which is changed often, etc.