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Nurturing Your Health: Supportive Care During Mercury Removal

Although you often hear them called “silver” fillings, the material they’re made from is actually about 50% mercury, and mercury is one of the most toxic elements on Earth. It’s especially harmful when inhaled and especially damaging to the brain.

So when a patient opts to have their old amalgam fillings removed, we follow strict safety protocols.

As important as getting rid of those mercury fillings can be, though, it’s only a partial solution. You’ve removed the source but not necessarily any of the mercury that’s been harbored in the body’s tissues for many years. For that, a comprehensive approach is needed, such as the approach we take here at the Holistic Dental Center of New Jersey.

Getting the Body Ready for Mercury Removal

Your body has innate self-healing abilities. That includes the ability to excrete toxins, even mercury, but this can be hard to do if its immune system and other healing processes are weak or overwhelmed. This is why we recommend preparing yourself for detox even before the amalgam removal process begins.

This is especially important if you have long-standing health issues that were triggered or worsened by ongoing mercury exposure from dental amalgam. We advise working with an integrative, naturopathic, or functional medicine doctor who can develop a sensible “pretox” plan based on your specific needs – your level of mercury toxicity, your personal health history, current health challenges, and so on. Often, these are a combination of dietary changes, supplements, and homeopathic remedies.

We are always happy to refer you to such a doctor if you’re not already working with one.

If you’re in generally good health, on the other hand, self-care can be enough to boost your immune system and overall resilience. What kinds of things might that include?

  • Nutrition. Eat a diet that’s very low in sugar, refined carbs, and ultra-processed foods. Include lots of colorful fruits and vegetables to ensure good antioxidant intake. Also include fermented foods such as yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut – probiotic foods that support gut and immune health – and stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Supplementation. Antioxidant and probiotic supplements can be used as needed. Immune-boosting IV drip therapy can be helpful, too. If you’re not sure about your specific needs in this area, ask us about this before your amalgam removal.
  • Filtration. A good air-scrubber at home can be your friend, and there are plenty of effective and economical options available. If you’re not already drinking well-filtered water, now is the time to start. This article gives a good overview of options. Bottom line: You don’t want to be burdening your body with more toxins prior to the significant detox that will follow amalgam removal.
  • Sleep. Make sure you are well-rested before your procedure, getting at least 7 to 8 hours of good quality sleep nightly. This is the time when your body – and especially your brain – do most of their most important self-maintenance.
  • Good hygiene. Maintain your regular oral hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Minimize time with people who have active contagious illness.
  • Stress management. Stressful situations may be unavoidable, so choose some strategies to help you effectively handle any stressors, especially in the days just before your removal. The less your immune system has to respond to stress, the more resources you’ll have for your upcoming detox.

Your Mercury Amalgam Removal & Afterward

When you come in for your amalgam removal, we start by making sure that you’re fully covered with protective wear and provided an alternate oxygen source to limit mercury exposure. You’ll also be given chlorella or activated charcoal. Charcoal absorbs toxins so they can be safely excreted. Chlorella is a well-known chelator – a compound that helps clear heavy metals from the body.

But the real detox begins after all the amalgam has been removed and biocompatible restorations – permanent or temporary – have been placed.

If you’re in generally good health, your detox may include a modest number of supplements that support your body’s natural ability to clear toxins. If you have severe toxicity or other chronic health issues, however, you will likely need more intensive, supervised detox. This can include IV or oral chelation, homeopathic therapy, supplements, sauna, and other therapies.

As always, your specific needs will determine the specifics of your detox. Still, all can benefit from continuing with the pre-treatment tips listed above. Think of them as ongoing maintenance to keep excretion efficient.

Simply give the body what it needs to do its job, and it can do wonders. It knows the path to healing.