Mercury Removal in Fort Lee, NJ & Surrounding Area

As a holistic dental practice, we understand the negative impact that mercury, or amalgam, restorations can have on your oral health, not to mention your smile and self-image, as well. That’s why we offer mercury removal in Fort Lee, New Jersey, so that you can enjoy a healthy, attractive smile once again. Dr. Joel Singer is SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) certified by the IAOMT, which ensures the safest and most effective mercury removal procedures possible.

7 Critical Facts You Must Know About Mercury and Your Health: Why Not Just Any Dentist Should Remove Your Old Silver or Mercury Fillings

“Silver” amalgam fillings are made up of 50% mercury. “Silver” amalgam fillings are made up of 50% mercury.

Mercury is the most TOXIC, non-radioactive element on earth. Mercury is the most TOXIC, non-radioactive element on earth.

Mercury vapor is dangerous because it is continuously emitted from dental fillings and accumulates in the body over time. Mercury vapor is dangerous because it is continuously emitted from dental fillings and accumulates in the body over time.

Mercury can harm the immune, cardiac, respiratory and digestive systems. Mercury can harm the immune, cardiac, respiratory and digestive systems.

Newborns may be at risk for learning disabilities because of mercury their mother absorbed during pregnancy. Newborns may be at risk for learning disabilities because of mercury their mother absorbed during pregnancy.

Mercury exposure has been linked to brain tissue damage similar to that seen in Alzheimer’s disease. Mercury exposure has been linked to brain tissue damage similar to that seen in Alzheimer’s disease.

Mercury fillings should only be removed by a dentist specifically trained and equipped for safe mercury removal to avoid further exposure Mercury fillings should only be removed by a dentist specifically trained and equipped for safe mercury removal to avoid further exposure

The Use of Mercury Amalgam Fillings in Dentistry

You may not realize that your dark, silver amalgam fillings are really made up of 50% mercury. In fact, a large filling may contain as much mercury as a thermometer. Mercury vaporizes easily in room temperature, and in this state, is odorless, colorless and tasteless. What’s more, inhaled mercury vapor is readily absorbed into the bloodstream. The World Health Organization has concluded that dental fillings contribute more mercury to a person’s body than all other sources of mercury combined. In short, Mercury is a powerful poison and published research demonstrates that mercury is more toxic than lead, cadmium or arsenic. No amount of mercury vapor should be considered harmless, especially considering its cumulative effect.

IS THERE A CONCERN ABOUT MERCURY IN DENTISTRY?

The Environmental Protection Agency of New Jersey has a treatise on the subject of mercury toxicity. They do recommend, however, that regarding its use in dentistry you should speak with your dentist. Since Mercury is the most toxic, non-radioactive element on the earth most medical and scientific researchers have called for a ban on the use of it in all products. The potentially harmful effects of mercury fillings, however, have been ignored by the U.S. Government. While many European countries have banned or curtailed the use of mercury in dental fillings, our country lags behind in the decision. Amalgam is a material that is over 150 years old, and there are more modern alternatives that can be considered.

IS THERE AN ASSOCIATED HEALTH RISK?

Due to its poisonous nature, mercury can adversely affect the immune, urinary, cardiac, respiratory and digestive systems. Under laboratory conditions, mercury has produced brain cell deterioration identical to that seen in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Mercury poisoning has been linked to serious health issues such as immune system depression, multiple sclerosis, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome and autism.

SHOULD I HAVE MY MERCURY FILLINGS REMOVED?

While the continuously emitted mercury vapor from dental fillings accumulates in the body over time, the damaging effects of this exposure may not manifest for years or even decades. Studies repeatedly show that even low levels of mercury cause measurable negative health effects. For example, Mercury in the tissues of a fetus or infant correlates significantly with the number of dental amalgam fillings in the mother. Due to these findings, many physicians are testing their patients for mercury toxicity and referring them to biological dentists. Across scientific disciplines, health professionals are realizing that mercury may adversely impact patient health.

IS THERE A PROPER WAY TO REMOVE MERCURY FILLINGS?

The good news is that there is a way to prevent additional mercury exposure for patients with amalgam fillings. A biologic dentist who is properly trained in the removal of mercury fillings will follow amalgam removal protocols that include:

  • Using an effective oral suction system to contain amalgam particles and limit mercury vapors
  • Operating a vacuum system at optimal efficiency
  • Applying ample amounts of water to the filling during removal
  • Removing large portions of the amalgam so as to minimize particulate and mercury vapor release
  • Providing a safe source of oxygen for the patient to breath during removal

Dental amalgam has been used in dental fillings for over 100 years, and some dentists still use it today. It is composed of a mixture of metals, including silver, mercury, tin, copper and other trace metals. Mercury may be released into your body in small amounts through amalgam fillings and can be harmful to your overall health. The alternative to amalgam fillings are composite fillings, which are free of mercury. Furthermore, composite restorations can actually help to strengthen the tooth structure while amalgam fillings often eventually lead to tooth fractures and cracks. Patients also enjoy composite dental fillings because they are more aesthetically pleasing. Amalgam dental fillings are noticeable because they are silver in color, while composite fillings are tooth-colored and blend in with your smile’s natural appearance.

We are dedicated to your health and do not use any materials or products that contain mercury. In addition, our dentist and team have been trained in safe dental amalgam removal, and we can often complete this treatment in just one office visit. For more information about amalgam removal and the benefits of mercury-free dentistry, we welcome you to call or visit us today. To schedule your appointment and learn more about safe mercury removal please call us at (201) 429-0097.

patient testimonials

EVERY PATIENT HAS A STORY

I am very involved with the dental profession. I choose to see Dr Singer as my dentist. His office is easy to get to, his staff is friendly and accommodating. With Dr Singer and his team, I understand the importance of oral healthcare. Dr Singer provides clear explanation and is patient in answering questions. I recommend Dr Singer to anyone who values oral healthcare as part of your overall health.
David Goodman
Professional and super friendly staff. Dr.Singer and all his staff make dental experience very pleasant for every patient.
Somayeh Saki
Dr. Singer is an excellent dentist and I have had extensive dental work. He and his staff are always warm and friendly and very professional. They are responsive and have fit me in immediately when I have had pain. Can’t say enough. Brought my family to him too!
Kimberly Paton
The initial appointment was great. Dr Singer and his staff were very helpful and friendly. The consultation was very matter of fact and laid out exactly what was going to be done. I left feeling that I am in the right hands and that this office can and will take care of my dental needs.
Margaret Rae
Dr Singer and his crew are the BEST! State of the art office! They take so many safety protocols to make sure the office is a comfortable and safe environment!The care is top notch!!!Like many, I feared the dentist until I was referred to this office!! I can’t emphasize enough how gentle and caring this practice is!! Lucky to have found them!Super huge shout to Lily - hands down the BEST hygienist out there! She is through and super gentle.. hands of gold!! Best cleaning ever… always !!!
Paula S
A wonderful dentist and staff… have been a patient over 20 years….
Judith Rizzo
Everyone is friendly, and kind. They make you feel comfortable and at ease.
Rosemary Fernandez
Excellent care. Welcoming atmosphere.
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