Safe Mercury Removal

For the health of our patients, staff, and the environment, we don’t place any “silver” amalgam fillings here at Orlando Holistic Dental Studio.

Despite their common name, there’s only a little bit of silver in the dental amalgam used to make fillings. Most of the metal is mercury, one of the most toxic naturally occurring substances on Earth and especially damaging to the brain.

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
Before your treatment begins, we can get biocompatibility testing done to ensure that what we use to replace your amalgams will be a good fit with your individual biochemistry. This is strongly recommended for patients with chronic illness or a history of sensitivities.

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
Just as environmental mercury bioaccumulates in fish, it can build up in humans, as well. While some people are able to naturally excrete this toxin quite efficiently, others cannot – or have so much of a burden that their system is overwhelmed.

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.