Mercury Removal

The Systemic Dentist

Alireza Panahpour, DDS

Systemic Dentistry located in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA

Mercury is a chemical that can harm your health, and many people are surprised to hear that it’s in their silver dental fillings. At his office in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, Alireza Panahpour, DDS, offers mercury removal services and replacement of your silver fillings with biocompatible alternatives. Book your mercury removal consultation by phone or schedule online with Dr. Panahpour today.

Mercury Removal Q & A

What is mercury removal?

Mercury removal is a service that Dr. Panahpour performs to replace dental fillings containing mercury. Dental amalgam, the material in silver fillings, contains a mixture of mercury and metal alloys, including copper, silver, tin, and zinc. While these fillings are highly durable and can withstand the forces of your bite without breaking, they may pose a risk to your health. 

At his office, Dr. Panahpour can safely remove your silver fillings and replace them with a safer biocompatible alternative, like gold or ceramic. 

He takes many precautions before and during the process to limit your exposure to harmful mercury vapor or particles during the removal. These include an air filtration system to capture airborne particles. 

Using a drill, Dr. Panahpour sections the filling into pieces and removes them from the tooth one at a time. He then thoroughly rinses your mouth with a charcoal liquid or similar absorbent. 

Why should I consider mercury removal?

Many patients choose to undergo mercury removal for older fillings that may be affecting their health. Some silver fillings contain up to 50% mercury, damaging your body over time and compromising your immunity.

Mercury can weaken your stomach acid and cause it to damage the inner lining of your stomach. Soon, pathogenic bacteria and parasites can enter your body and survive within your compromised stomach acid. 

Certain actions, like teeth grinding or chewing, can cause your silver filling to release harmful mercury into your system, causing it to go to your stomach, brain, kidneys, and other organs. This can aggravate or contribute to conditions like:

  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease

This mercury exposure can also lead to chronic mercury poisoning symptoms like numbness, tremors, and memory problems. Replacing your filling with mercury removal can relieve some of these symptoms.  

Am I a good candidate for mercury removal?

To be a candidate for mercury removal, you must have at least one silver filling. During a diagnostic evaluation, Dr. Panahpour assesses you to determine if your mercury fillings are affecting your health in any distinguishable way. 

You should hold off on mercury removal if you’re currently pregnant or breastfeeding, as the release of mercury during the procedure can be unsafe for you and your baby. 

If you’re considering replacing old silver fillings with a safer alternative, call Alireza Panahpour, DDS, or book a mercury removal consultation online today.