Healthcare concierge in Lake Oswego, OR offers safe mercury filling removal
Lake Oswego, OR is home to nearly 40,000 people. About five percent are of Asian descent, and one percent are specifically from Japan. While that equates to several hundred individuals, if you are among the Japanese population staying in the area temporarily on a work assignment, you may feel out of your element. That changes when you walk into Dental Arts & Wellness, your home away from home for dental treatment and answers to your health concerns. Japanese dentist, Dr. Manami Yamaguchi offers a full range of holistic dentistry services, including mercury filling removal.
What is an IAOMT dentist?
The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology was founded in 1984 as an organization of dentists, healthcare professionals, and scientists passionate about protecting public health and the environment. Today the Academy has than 800 active members on this continent, with affiliates in 14 additional countries. They actively promote evidence-based, relevant scientific research regarding the biocompatibility of dental materials and products.
An important facet of membership in the IAOMT is access to training in dental techniques that foster whole body wellness. As an IAOMT member and a biological dentist, Dr. Yamaguchi is trained and experienced in, and her office is properly equipped for, SMART. This is an acronym for Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique, stringent protocols set forth by the IAOMT to protect patients during the removal of amalgam fillings.
Why consider mercury safe dentistry?
Amalgam has been widely used in dentistry since the 1800s. It is comprised of about 50 percent mercury, a known neurotoxin, combined with other metals such as tin, copper, and silver. Many adults today have silver-colored fillings and they are still being placed by some dentists – in both child and adult patients. Sometimes these restorations must be replaced because the filling itself has failed, or the host tooth has become compromised. In other situations, patients choose to have amalgam removed and replaced with mercury-free alternatives based on aesthetic or health concerns. This is a personal decision. Dr. Yamaguchi is happy to provide helpful discussion and information.
Dental Arts & Wellness practices only mercury-safe and mercury-free dentistry. Absolutely no amalgam fillings are placed. Instead, as a holistic dentist, Dr. Yamaguchi utilizes metal- and mercury-free materials, such as composite resin bonding and porcelain, for dental restorations.
When amalgam fillings are simply ground out, the procedure produces a spray of mercury-laden particles and contaminated water that may be swallowed or come into contact with oral mucosa and skin. In addition, friction and heat from the drill release mercury vapor, which is inhaled. Dr. Yamaguchi’s mercury-safe technique safeguards the patient and dental team and keeps mercury waste out of the environment.
Here are just a few of the precautions you can expect in her care:
- Protective garments worn over street clothing and covering the head, face, and neck.
- Fresh air is supplied through a nasal mask.
- A high-volume air filtration system is used in the operatory to reduce mercury concentrations in room air.
- A rubber dam is placed in the mouth to keep particles and water out the throat.
- The filling is cut into chunks which are lifted out with minimal drilling.
- Plenty of fresh water continually suctioned off with a high-speed evacuation device, keeps the tooth cool and captures discharged mercury.
- The patient rinses with a chelating slurry to absorb contaminants in the mouth.
- An amalgam separator captures mercury waste before it can enter public sewer or water systems.
The process is a bit more involved than a conventional approach, but it virtually eliminates toxic load on the patient’s body from the removal of amalgam. This is especially important for anyone with fragile health or a compromised immune system.
Why consider mercury filling removal in Lake Oswego, OR?
Dr. Yamaguchi grew up in Osaka and Kyoto, Japan. She speaks your language and comprehends cultural differences that can present challenges with American healthcare providers. Some patients prefer the soothing manner of a female dentist or the inherent gentleness of a dentist with small hands. Others come to Dental Arts & Wellness to see a natural dentist who understands the importance of one professional serving as gatekeeper for overall wellness. A biologic dentist, who provides a full range of preventive and restorative services, including ozone dentistry, gentle numbing techniques with the option of sedation, and cosmetic services, as well.
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