Mercury amalgams can wear down, become weak, or break as the filling expands or contracts, exposing your tooth to additional decay. Mercury fillings also weaken your tooth structure, and are prone to corrode, leak, and cause stains on your teeth and gums.
We firmly believe that dental amalgam has no place in the human body and supports their safe removal and replacement with biocompatible materials.
Dr. Cuprill is certified in the SMART protocol (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) developed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and follows their strict guidelines for removing and disposing of mercury amalgam.
Biocompatible Restoration Options
For biocompatibility testing, we rely on the Clifford Test, which screens more than 16,000 trade-named dental products and tests not just the materials but byproducts they may release.
In most cases, your new restorations will be made from either composite resins or bioceramics, which are broadly biocompatible. We use only BPA-free resins.
The Need for Detoxification
Consequently, for most people, supervised detox is an important part of their healing journey once the amalgams have been removed. In some cases, preparation before amalgam removal is recommended, as well.
We are happy to coordinate care with your integrative physician, naturopath, or other healing professionals so you can detox effectively after dental treatment. If you’re not currently working with such a health professional, we can refer you to someone who can help.