According to many studies, silver (amalgam) fillings can contain up to 50% mercury, which may lead to depression, anxiety, chronic illnesses, constant fatigue, fetal deformities, and more. For this reason, many patients with old metal fillings wish to have them removed. At Brite Clean Smiles, Dr. Girgis is one of a very few select dentists in the country to be certified in the safe removal of amalgam (SMART) by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).
SMART is an acronym for the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. This technique was developed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and it ensures that all patients are protected from mercury during the process. During your filling removal, Dr. Girgis and his dental assistant will wear protective gowns and covers, and you will be covered with a drape and protected as well. A high vacuum filtration system will be present in the operatory to remove any mercury vapor produced from the removal of your silver fillings.
You will be wearing a nasal canula that provides you with 100% oxygen during the procedure, which is done with the safety of a rubber dam, which helps isolate the teeth that Dr. Girgis is working on. Additionally, before the procedure, we do provide you with activated charcoal, which attaches to any silver particles in the event that any particles are accidentally swallowed. The silver particles will then be passed through your stool naturally and not compromise your immune system or get into your blood stream
If you are interested in the health and aesthetic benefits of removing metal fillings, Brite Clean Smiles offers safe, comfortable treatment. We can safely remove your amalgam fillings and replace them with tooth-colored composite, an alternative dental material that is free of mercury. To schedule your filling removal, you can reach our team at (949) 777-1005 or stop by our office at 488 E 17th Street, Suite A-101, Costa Mesa, CA 92627.