At Brighton Dental, Dr. Paige Woods and our San Diego biological dental practice follows protocols related to the removal of harmful amalgam fillings that have been established by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. But what is this organization? And what does following its protocols mean for you and your dental and overall health?
The IAOMT is an international network of scientists, dentists and other health professionals who look into the biocompatibility of dental practices and products. It assesses risks and rewards of fluoride, root canal therapy, old-fashioned silver-colored mercury fillings and more. The non-profit organization dates back to 1984, and its primary purpose is to share scientific information and investigate the best non-invasive therapies.
Why The IAOMT Matters
We’re committed to the IAOMT’s amalgam removal protocols because we care about our patients and our dental team – and we don’t want anyone else harmed by amalgam fillings. We also trust the work that IAOMT does in the world to spread the word about dangerous dental products.
Members of the IAOMT have testified before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Congress and health organizations and agencies in Canada, the Philippines, Europe and elsewhere. Plus, the IAOMT is a member of the Global Mercury Partnership of the United Nations Environment Programme. Recognized as the leaders in science-based dentistry, the IAOMT provides the research and documentation necessary for supporting better integrity and safety in healthcare and dentistry.
At Brighton Dental, three terms established by the IAOMT apply to our practice:
- We’re a “mercury-free” practice – meaning we don’t place mercury-containing amalgam fillings. Although some practices still use this harmful substance, Brighton Dental is committed to using other equally effective or better filling materials, including composite.
- We’re a “mercury-safe” practice – meaning we use rigorous and carefully designed protocols designed by the IAOMT when removing old mercury amalgam fillings. Precautions include containment, air filtration, protective clothing and more.
- We’re a “biocompatible” or “biological” practice – meaning we take the whole body and its overall health into consideration as we design treatment plans for your dental and oral health. We never use dental materials that aren’t biocompatible.
What Makes Brighton Dental Different
When you choose Brighton Dental, you’re choosing a holistic, biocompatible dental clinic in San Diego that is completely committed to helping you achieve better health overall through better oral and dental health. Dr. Woods follows special protocols when removing amalgam fillings because we’ve seen the research indicating the level of harm that mercury can cause – and we don’t want mercury oozing into the bodies of our patients.
If you’re old enough, you may remember children playing with balls of mercury in their sciences classes. The malleable substance was a fun toy because it wasn’t quite a liquid but wasn’t completely solid, the same property that made it seem to be a good choice for dental fillings to make the fillings easy to install. We now know, however, that mercury is toxic to the nervous system, the immune system and the digestive system. It can be absorbed directly through the skin and gums and is especially harmful when inhaled.
Our amalgam removal protocols mean you don’t have to worry about harmful effects from having your old amalgam fillings removed. Instead, you can focus on the modern, tooth-colored restoration choices available today.
At Brighton Dental, our patients come first. And we’re committed to the health of our dental team too. Because we care and want to do what’s right, we want to help you get rid of the amalgam in your mouth and keep the mercury in these old fillings from harming your body. It all starts by contacting us for amalgam removal. Call (619) 359-6569, we’re ready to help you.