Holistic Dentistry is a field of dentistry in which Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD focuses on the health of your whole body and its relationship to your dental care. Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD has undergone additional training to become an expert on the relationships between the mouth and the body. Holistic dentists utilize techniques, materials, methods, and processes that are both safe and compatible with the patient’s oral health and body.
The American Dental Association (ADA) says that mercury fillings are completely harmless and safe. But on the other hand, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that no level of mercury is safe. Norway, Denmark, and Sweden completely banned the use of mercury amalgams in 2008. Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD is a biologic dentist that has not used mercury amalgams in his dental practice since 1997. Holistic dentists recognize the strong link between oral health and overall general health. Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD studied kinesiology extensively and realizes one cannot be truly healthy without good oral health. As a member of the International Association of Mercury-Safe Dentists (IAMSD) he utilizes a safe amalgam free protocol to protect the patient as much as possible from excessive and unnecessary exposure to mercury during filling removal.
Amalgam Fillings: Safe Removal Protocol
Use a rubber dam to prevent debris from being inhaled or swallowed. The rubber dam is designed to isolate the teeth being worked on, making it easier for the dentist to protect the teeth from moisture, bacteria and the tongue, as well as making it easier to evacuate the filling material.
Provide oxygen through a nasal hood which covers the nose.
Use high-volume evacuation through a powerful vacuum/suction system placed as close to the filling as possible.
Cool the fillings by using as much water as possible to reduce the amount of vaporization of mercury.
Use of a saliva ejector behind the rubber dam to remove anything that escaped behind the dam.
Chunking Amalgams. Sectioning the fillings into large chunks which can be removed by the suction or hand instruments helps to reduce the dispersion of mercury vapor.
Continuously and thoroughly rinsing the dam to remove amalgam particles.
Cleaning up immediately once the removal process is completed. The dam and gloves are disposed of and the mouth is vigorously rinsed and suctioned for at least 10 seconds. This helps to assure the removal of any filling particles trapped by the saliva.
Detoxification program and nutritional supplements should be started under the guidance of your physician.
*the above protocol may not be appropriate for all patients.
Dr. Grabiak DMD, FAGD has completed extensive dentistry training in advanced dental techniques and typically completes 100-150 hours of dental continuing education classes yearly. This is six times more than most state's licensing requirement.