Amalgam / Mercury Free

All dental amalgam restorations contain approximately 50% mercury.  Research and reports are consistent that amalgam fillings emit mercury vapors.1-13

Mercury is constantly emitted from amalgam fillings and it is absorbed and retained in the body, particularly in the brain, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract.  The output of mercury can be intensified by activities, such as chewing and teeth-grinding.  Mercury is also known to be released during the placement and removal of amalgam fillings. 1-13

“Mercury-Safe” dentists apply techniques to remove existing amalgam fillings.  The IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) has developed rigorous protocols for removing existing amalgam fillings to assist in mitigating the potential danger of further mercury exposure to patients, dental professionals and others.

The holistic dental centre offers the SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) to patients during treatment. SMART = Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique – The SMART Choice

We have been established for over 18 years in Farnham town centre, approximately 10-15 minutes walk from the train station.  We have had patients visit us from as far as Iceland and China to have their amalgam fillings replaced. 

Our knowledgeable and caring staff will make you feel welcome and safe.  We take our time to explain the risks and benefits of each treatment available for you to make an informed choice.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have before hand.

This is a rubber dam sheet that we use as part of the SMART protocol. The dam isolates the tooth the Dentist is working on. The patient is able to breath and swallow underneath, whilst the dam acts as a barrier, collecting any debris from the tooth. The first photograph shows the tooth after the filling has been removed, and the second photograph shows the tooth filled with a biocompatible composite filling.


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