Safe Amalgam Removal by a Certified Holistic Dentist
Safe amalgam removal, or the removal of metal fillings with mercury in them, should be done by an experienced, certified and IAOMT and IABDM accredited dentist to ensure its done correctly, to minimize health hazards and side effects that can occur with amalgam removal. Understanding the difference between an “Amalgam Free” or “Mercury Free Dentist” and a “Mercury Safe Dentist” is very important. Many dentists in the modern age claim to be mercury free or amalgam free, which merely means they don’t place amalgam fillings. But when they remove old amalgam and metal fillings, do they remove the mercury fillings using strict safety protocols to protect the patient from mercury vapors? Or do them remove them regularly, as most conventional dentists do?
Using suction and a dental dam is NOT ENOUGH for biological and holistic, SAFE amalgam removal. In fact, if the dentist you are considering for your metal fillings removal or replacement isn’t doing the items mentioned, below, it might be time to look for a S.M.A.R.T. Certified, IAOMT Accredited and IABDM Certified Dentist!
What is the Safe Amalgam Removal Protocol?
Safe Amalgam Removal Protocol includes:
- Full disposable gown and blankets shielding the patient from head to toe
- Protective eyewear for the patient
- Hair coverings for the patient
- Skin covering for the patient
- Alternative air source for the patient (oxygen/med gas from another area of the office)
- External exhaust no more than 2.5 meters away with at least 400 cfm per 1600 cubic feet of dental operatory, with a closed, sealed door
- Specialty air evacuation filtration equipment that is at least 600 cfm and no more than 3 inches from the patient’s open mouth
- High-volume suction in the patient’s mouth
- Special large-size burs to “cut and chunk” the amalgam filling to prevent vaporization
- Respirators with double filters for the staff, full face shields, hair coverings, eye wear and disposable full body gowns for the staff
- Cold water for reducing friction-driven temperature between the bur and metal filling
- Biocompatible filling material or biocompatible crown/onlay material for restorations
- Full air turnover for all cubic feet in closed operator room where treatment is taking place every 3 minutes
Dr. Yuriy May – S.M.A.R.T. Certified and IAOMT Accredited Holistic Dentist in for Safe Amalgam Removal
Safe Dental Amalgam Removal, also known as Safe Mercury Removal, Safe Silver Filling Removal and Safe Metal Removal, is an extremely dangerous and hazardous procedure if not done correctly by an IAOMT accredited and S.M.A.R.T. certified dentist, specifically a dentist who doesn’t understand or isn’t aware of the dangers of amalgam mercury removal and required procedures to keep patients and staff safe. Studies have cited the deteriorating mental and physical condition of non-mercury-safe dentists that have lacked of awareness about the toxicity and danger of removing dental amalgams without proper safety protocols. Due to the constant and continuous exposure to vaporized mercury that occurs during drilling amalgam fillings without proper protection, publications have speculated that there is a strong correlation between dentists holding the highest suicide rates among all medical professions and their extremely high exposure to mercury.
What is Dental Amalgam? What is Mercury?
The dental amalgam metal that is in patients’ teeth has the following chemical makeup by weight:
Mercury amalgam (silver) fillings material composition:
- 50% mercury
- 35% silver
- 15% copper, nickel, tin, zinc, other
Mercury is the THIRD most toxic substance known to man
Mercury is more toxic than Lead, Arsenic, and Cadmium (1)
Mercury amalgam was first introduced to North America in 1833, during which time, it was believed that when liquid mercury was inserted into an alloy (mixed metal) compound and the metals hardened the mercury was permanently “locked into” the amalgamation of metal and no longer could pose a danger to the body because the mercury could not escape. Unfortunately, this false belief mistakenly persists today and is perpetuated by several medical and dental societies and currently the FDA, who have been embroiled in decades of controversy from agencies ranging to the EPA, IAOMT, IABDM, ASDS and HDA.
Dental amalgam fillings have been shown to emit mercury vapors continuously, especially during brushing and consuming hot liquids. It is now generally accepted that mercury is being released (i.e.leaching from amalgam fillings) in small amounts from the filling during its entire lifetime. However, controversy exists whether the amount of mercury vapor released from amalgam fillings is enough to cause harm to individuals. Most traditional dentists, take the approach that amalgam fillings are harmless and the amount of vapor releases is below the exposure required to cause neurotoxicity and disease. Dr. Yuriy May, an accredited member if the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology) believes that no amount of mercury exposure is safe to humans, especially mercury that is continuously being released over a lifetime, as supported by years of research and education.
Heavy metal toxicity from constant small amounts of mercury exposure (i.e.leaching) is an overlooked problem in dentistry today. Part of this problem is the controversial threshold for toxicity, which varies from person to person. The bottom line is that cumulative exposure to mercury, the third most toxic element known to humans, will eventually cause mercury toxicity or at the very least place stress on individuals’ immune systems.
Proper removal of mercury amalgam fillings has become a specialty for all Tri-State patients who visit Natural Dentistry and Dr. Yuriy May in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York
Consider the following facts:
- Mercury fillings continually vaporize (i.e. leach mercury vapor) in the mouth especially when chewing, brushing, or drinking hot liquids.
- As mercury vapor is inhaled and swallowed, it is readily absorbed into the bloodstream, passing through the various organs and into the brain.
- Mercury from dental amalgam fillings becomes widely distributed throughout the body and can stay lodged for long periods of time, typically accumulating over a lifetime.
- In autopsy studies, there is a correlation between the amount of mercury in brain tissue and the number of mercury amalgam fillings in the mouth.
- The mercury absorbed from dental amalgams can cause body chemistry and organ function to change.
These changes can be subtle, but continually present over long periods of time and can end up being detrimental to certain individuals. Additionally, since each amalgam filling is an alloy, meaning a mix of numerous metals, there are at least five different metals inside each mercury amalgam filling, and this can cause electrical current problems in the mouth, known as galvanic effects.
Natural Dentistry’s Rigorous Safe Amalgam Removal Process
In order to ensure safety during dental amalgam removal for both patients and staff, a rigorous and robust process must be adhered to in order to reduce mercury vaporizing into the operatory air, keeping the mercury from entering the patient’s separate air supply, prevent mercury dust elements from landing on patients hair/skin/mouth, and ultimately to isolate and trap all mercury particle and dust in a mercury-safe biohazard filter. In this process, there are a series of steps and precautions that must be followed in order to minimize mercury exposure to the patient, Dr. May and dental staff. All Natural Dentistry patients will be fully educated on the protocol, process, and what to expect during the procedure.
Top Amalgam Removal Dentist in USA: Dr. Yuriy May
Not only do all the Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Massachusetts patients looking for the top holistic dentist in the country see Dr. Yuriy May for all mercury removal as one of the top experts in safeamalgam removal, but they also travel to Dr. May for root canal removals and cavitation dental surgery. What most important, is that patient from all over the world with Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, cancer, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis (MS), and other chronic conditions seek Dr. Yuriy May’s detoxification amalgam removal protocols and entrust their health completely to Natural Dentistry staff as their leadership and expertise in the field of biological and holistic dentistry has long been established as the top in the country. In addition, Dr. Yuriy May applies some of the most rigorous SAFE amalgam removal protocols and is S.M.A.R.T. certified by the IAOMT and also accredited, in addition to being a graduate from the America Academy of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry earning him a Naturopathic Dentist (NMD, IBMD) degree in addition to being a biological dentist practicing in the areas of zirconia implants, cavitations, infected root canal removal and PRF 100% autologous bone grafting.
Prepare the body for the amalgam removal procedure by following Dr. May’s prescribed Mercury Removal Conditioning Protocol
1. Keep the fillings cool
Mercury amalgam removal must be conducted under a continuous and copious quantity of cold water spray. The cold water prevents the dental burr from heating up during its contact with the amalgam filling, which creates heat from friction. During the heat process, the amalgam filling heats up and releases more mercury into the air than when it is in a cooled state. By keeping the temperature of the amalgam filling cool, Dr. May is able to reduce the vaporization of mercury reducing the contamination of the air supply and oral cavity.
2. Provide an alternative air source
All patients having mercury amalgam removal procedures are given an alternative air source and instructed not to breathe through their mouth during treatment. A sealed nasal hood with oxygen is used throughout the mercury amalgam removal procedure. Dr. Yuriy May and his staff also wear full-face mercury vapor filtration (gas) masks to prevent mercury from entering their breathing passages and lungs for protection.
3. Cover and protect all exposed skin
The serious protective measures include Dr. May and the highly trained dental assistant donning a disposable full-body suit (similar to CDC Level 4 suits), a fully sealed hair cover, preventing air or particles from landing on their clothes and skin, elbow-length gloves to prevent mercury dust from traveling up their sleeves, and full facial shields over their mask as an additional measure of keeping the mercury vapor away from their eyes, nose and ears and gas mask filtration chamber. Too many times, Natural Dentistry has observed skin irritations developing on patients and staff from an accumulation of mercury dust landing on exposed skin, and has made it a policy to cover all exposed skin, nails and hair to prevent dermal mercury reactions.
4. Section off that portion of the mouth
A latex-free rubber dam, made of a specific material that is non-metal reactive is always used during the mercury amalgam removal procedure to prevent inhalation and settlement of the mercury vapour and dust within the mouth. The purpose of the heavy-duty and specially formulated dental dam is to also prevent highly hazardous ingestion of mercury particulate (pieces that are larger than vapor).
5. Cover and protect all exposed skin, hair and nails
In addition to the dental dam, the patients face is fully covered with a moist paper towel, large dark oversize glasses, ears are covered with over the year noise-canceling high-fidelity BEATS wireless headphones, hair is covered with a tight sealed disposable bonnet, the patient’s body and clothes are covered with a full disposable blanket and they are asked to wear gloves protecting the skin on their hands. This is to protect the patient from accumulating mercury particulate on their skin, hair or clothes and to protect their eyes and ears from exposure to both the mercury dust and vapor.
6. Apply a cut and chunk drilling technique
Dr. May has spent over 500 hours in hands-on training and scientific studies on both the chemical properties and toxicity of mercury and the proper safe mercury removal protocols with a focus on detoxification, toxicity reversal and amalgam removal. Due to this, Dr. May is one of a handful of top-trained amalgam removal dentists in the country who is familiar with the “cut & chunk” technique. This requires using a very crude dental drill which can break the amalgam up into 3-4 large pieces preventing vaporization and creating a large amount of mercury particulate. Conventional dentists who instead drill with a standard dental drill or even worse, a smaller dental drill are actually drilling the amalgam, heating it up and thus dangerously vaporizing it both from the physical act of drilling and the heat stimulation causing the mercury to further dissociate from the bonded metal alloy.
7. Use a high volume evacuator
Once the removal process has started, mercury vapor and particulate will be continuously released from the tooth during the removal procedure. A high-volume evacuator (suction) tip is kept near the tooth at all times during the removal procedure to evacuate any vapor and particulate from the labial and nasal area. Particles of mercury alloy are washed and vacuumed away as soon as they are generated. The Dental Solution office has a massive industrial-sized air suction and purification machine which has the capability to clear and purify the air of a 5,000 sq ft facility in just under 3 minutes, allowing the air to be fully purified in Dr. May’s custom build 250 sq ft dental operatory every 10 seconds. This means that between the alternative air supply, fully covered hair, skin, nails, clothes, hair and the doctor’s filtration face masks, no one is exposed to mercury vapor during the procedure and all mercury dust is virtually non-existent. The suction tube is 8 inches in diameter and resides 2 inches from the patients’ face during the amalgam removal procedure.
8. Keep the treatment room air pure and flowing
Natural Dentistry houses over 40,000 BTUs of air purifiers, exhaust suction, in addition to ionizers and carbon floor filters for maximum quality of air as measured by air purity and no mercury microparticles. This level of dedication and resources solely for keeping the air purifier and clean ensures patients’ and staffs’ safety and wellbeing. All our operatories have been constructed with amalgam removal procedures in mind, and there is a high turnover of airflow (10 seconds or less) in each treatment room at all times.
9. Further Detoxification is CRITICAL to successful mercury removal from all bodily tissues
Removing mercury amalgams from your mouth is ONLY eliminating the primary and major source of mercury leaching into the body. The next step is to get help to rid the body of its mercury burden. Dr. May has worked with world-renowned chelation specialists and MDs specializing in detoxification to create incredibly effective detoxification and chelation protocol through supplementation and other modalities. Additionally, Dr. May works and partners with all Tri-State Area, USA, and International based naturopaths, cancer clinics, functional MDs and osteopaths to create highly customized chelation protocol based on each patient’s unique health situation and ongoing health conditions. If a patient does not have an alternative care physician who has knowledge of detoxification and the mercury detoxification/chelation protocol requires unique modifications, Dr. May will refer patients to his detoxification specialists in and outside of Connecticut to create custom individual detoxification programs and oversee the patient progress in partnership with a physician. Please ask Natural Dentistry about our physician partners and detoxification physician specialists as referrals can be made for those who make requests.
Dr. Yuriy May is one of the only IAOMT accredited and S.M.A.R.T. Certified dentist in Connecticut for Safe Amalgam Removal!
What is S.MA.R.T. Certification by the IAOMT?
- The holistic dentist must join the IAOMT as a General Member.
- The holistic dentists must enroll in the SMART certification program.
- The holistic dentist must complete unit 2 (Mercury 101/102) and Unit 3 (Safe Removal) of IAOMT’s accreditation course, which includes taking and passing unit tests. The coursework and the entire SMART certification process has additional coursework online. This does not require enrollment in accreditation, as accreditation takes upwards of a year.
- The holistic Dentist must complete post-course requirements for SMART which consist of learning about the science that supports SMART, the equipment that is part of SMART, and the resources from the IAOMT that enable dentists to implement SMART in their daily practice.
- The holistic dentist must apply for SMART Certification based upon completion of requirements.
- The holistic dentist must maintain SMART Certification by paying the annual SMART re-enrollment fee on July 1st, as well as learning about any updates to the program that have been developed based on new research.
Symptoms of Galvanization from Metals In the Mouth (including amalgam fillings)
Symptoms of Mercury Poisoning
Recognized by the ADA
It is well known that mercury (Hg) will store first in the kidneys, second in the liver, third in neurological (brain) tissue and fourth dispersed through the rest of the body. Symptoms related to mercury toxicity are vast; however, even the American Dental Association (ADA) admits to the following symptoms:
- Tremor observed in the fine voluntary muscle movement (such as handwriting), eventually progressing to convulsions and seizures.
- Depression, fatigue, increased irritability, moodiness and nervous excitability, especially when under stress.
- Inability to concentrate; loss of memory.
- Insomnia or drowsiness.
- Nausea and diarrhea
- Loss of appetite
- Birth defects in offspring.
- Nephritis or symptoms of kidney disease.
- Swollen glands and tongue.
- Ulceration of oral mucosa.
- Dark Pigmentation of marginal and loosening of teeth.
- Even Colgate, the toothpaste giant of America, admits some risk to amalgam fillings…
Symptoms of EMF Distrubrances from Metals in the Mouth (including amalgam fillings)
Many dental patients have no idea that either they are sensitive to electric and magnetic fields (EMFs), or radiation or that the metal dental fillings, including mercury amalgam fillings and any other metals (such as metal crowns, metal posts in root canals, or metal titanium implants) could be functioning as an antenna in their mouth. The process of having electrical micro-current disturbances in the mouth from the different metal dental materials interacting is known as galvanization. For some patients with amalgam fillings, the metal also works as a “receiver” that intensifies the electro-current fields in their body when exposed to EMF frequencies. This includes cellphones, Bluetooth devices, Apple watches, smartwatches, Wi-Fi routers, computers, microwaves, cell-phone towers, and other appliances that send out a stream of invisible energy waves. Below are some symptoms that can be potentially experienced by patients with metal fillings and with metal implants in their mouth when exposed to high EMF. Several of our patients have described these symptoms and have even come into our office with their own EMF frequency meter, as they are THAT sensitive and are looking to have all their metals removed from their mouth, including safely removing their mercury fillings to help them recover.
- Light Sensitivity
- Muscle Weakness
- Brain Fog
- Visual Disturbances
- Sleep disturbances, including insomnia
- depression and depressive symptoms
- tiredness and fatigue
- dysesthesia (a painful, often itchy sensation)
- lack of concentration
- changes in memory
This is an article referencing EMF and Dental Amalgam connection, dating back to 2015 from the Biomedical & Pharmacology Journal.
Politicians Supporting Amalgam Restrictions & Lobbying Against Amalgam Use in Dentistry
- Senator Patty Murray of Washington write FDA
- Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia
- Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming
- Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana
- Congressman Adam Schiff of California
- Senator Mark Udall of Colorado
- Congressman Dan Burton of Indiana
All mentioned above have written the FDA regarding restricting, curtailing or stopping amalgam us in density on behalf of constituents in the past.
How to pick the best holistic dentist and the most qualified for Safe Amalgam Removal? Dr. May is both IAOMT accredited and S.M.A.R.T. certified!
SMART Certified: A SMART certified member has successfully completed a course on mercury and safe dental mercury amalgam removal, including two units consisting of scientific readings, online learning videos, and tests. The crux of this essential course on the IAOMT’s Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) involves learning about the rigorous safety measures and equipment for reducing exposures to mercury releases during the removal of amalgam fillings. A SMART certified member may or may not have achieved a higher level of certification such as Accreditation, Fellowship, or Mastership.
Accredited–(AIAOMT): The Accredited member has successfully completed a ten-unit course on biological dentistry, including units on mercury, safe mercury amalgam removal, fluoride, biological periodontal therapy, hidden pathogens in jawbone and root canals, and more. This course involves an examination of over 50 scientific and medical research articles, participation in an e-learning component of the curriculum which includes ten videos, and demonstration of mastery on ten detailed unit tests. An Accredited Member is a member who has also completed the Fundamentals of Biological Dentistry Course and who has attended at least two IAOMT meetings, as well as passed an oral interview exam for safe amalgam removal. Note that the Accredited member may or may not be SMART certified and may or may not have achieved a higher level of certification such as Fellowship or Mastership. To view the accreditation course description by unit, click here. To learn more about becoming accredited, click here.
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