Pacific Dental Excellence
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Why Seek Safe Mercury Silver Filling Removal
Mercury is the second most toxic element on earth, right behind radioactive plutonium with regard to its harmful impact on the human body. It can be absorbed through the skin, inhaled as a vapor, or ingested. Since we do not have a naturally efficient mechanism to flush mercury, it builds up in the body. If you have dark, silver-colored amalgam fillings in your teeth, you are exposed to mercury 24/7. They are made of about 50 percent mercury. Amalgam fillings have been used extensively in the United States since 1844. Despite the controversy over the harmful nature of dental mercury, amalgam was viewed as a cost-effective material, valued for its strength and durability. However, those fillings don’t just sit in your mouth. Friction from chewing, brushing, and dental care releases mercury vapor into your respiratory system and saliva. The risk increases when fillings crack, or when they are removed by conventional methods (drilling). Use of amalgam has long been supported by the American Dental Association. However, an increasing number of patients are recognizing that amalgam is harmful to their oral health and overall wellness. If you are one of these forward-thinking patients, you’re probably looking for a dentist in the Nipomo area who is qualified in special techniques for safe mercury silver filling removal. Dr. Edward Shapiro is a member of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology), a coalition of dentists, physicians, and researchers dedicated to providing mercury safe alternatives. Dr. Shapiro is committed to this level of patient safety. He and his staff at Pacific Dental Excellence have specialized training and protocols in place to minimize risk while removing fillings and replacing them with biologically safe alternative materials.
The patient’s face is shielded with a rubber dam while the filling is cut into chunks that can be lifted out with little or no drilling. A ventilation system maintains fresh airflow throughout the procedure. A vacuum device ensures that particulate matter containing mercury is not swallowed, and filtration keeps mercury out of public waste water.
Services provided at Pacific Dental Excellence
Dr. Edward Shapiro of Pacific Dental Excellence is a general dentist in Nipomo who is committed to helping patients maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. He offers a variety of cosmetic treatments as well as services used to attain great oral health. His practice provides patients with options to address dental concerns. He works with patients to ensure that they are well-educated and knowledgeable about the best ways to maintain their dental health.
Below are several of the dental services provided by Pacific Dental Excellence in Nipomo:
General Dentistry We are concerned about the promotion of oral health in all of our patients and include general dental services for the whole family in our Nipomo, CA dental office. Our patients benefit from the high standard of care we consistently deliver in our various preventative and restorative treatments. Serving the areas of Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, Santa margarita, Templeton, Paso Robles, and Cambria, we have established a comfortable, well-equipped office where your dental needs are handled with great care. General dental care is a vital part of maintaining oral health. Routine examinations that include our digital x-rays help us to quickly detect any issues while they are still minor, allowing us to perform the most conservative treatment possible. Putting off seeing your dentist gives bacteria time to invade teeth and gums, making it more challenging to treat problematic issues. During your six-month dental check-ups, your dentist evaluates all areas of the mouth, including all surfaces of teeth, gums, and other soft tissues. Dental cleanings with our dentist are also typically scheduled for this time. Professional dental cleanings may include: Removal of calculus (tartar)Removal of plaque and Teeth polishing
Dental Crowns Used to cover and protect natural teeth, dental crowns play a big part in both general and cosmetic dentistry. These are made of porcelain, and are bonded over the tops of teeth. They offer strength and integrity to teeth that have been weakened by procedures such as root canal therapy, decay, or breakage.
Dental Bridges Dental bridges are a common way for patients to restore their smiles after tooth loss. One or more teeth within a dental arch can be replaced using a dental bridge. The bridge uses adjacent teeth for support. They are a cost-effective and long-term method to replace natural teeth.
Dental Implants The most permanent, long-lasting solution to tooth loss is the placement of dental implants. These titanium posts are surgically placed within the jawbone and restored with dental crowns on top to look and function just like natural teeth.
Dentures Full and partial dentures are an alternative to bridges and dental implants for restoring a smile after tooth loss. Partial dentures can replace one or more teeth within the dental arch. Full dentures are functional and cosmetic restorations. False teeth and gums fit over the entire dental arch to restore chewing and biting efficiency.
Root Canal Therapy In order to save a tooth that has become compromised by disease, Dr. Shapiro may perform root canal therapy. This treatment requires him to open the tooth to remove dental pulp and clear the infection. Then the tooth is sealed up with composite bonding to prevent further problems. In most cases, a dental crown is placed on top for protection.
Dr. Shapiro has over three decades of practical experience and training in both general and mercury free dentistry. Our patients are treated for ultimate health. We look not only at the obvious symptoms, but also at their potential causes and risks. As often as possible, it is our goal to preserve oral health through excellent preventative care, performed on a regular basis. When necessary, restorative care is designed with the goal of promoting both oral health and overall health in the body. Working together, you and your dentist in Nipomo, CA can build your best, healthiest smile.
Contact the office of Pacific Dental Excellence (805) 929-6814