Kenneth L Andow, DDS PC | Mercury Safe Dentistry in Centennial

Kenneth L. Andow, D.D.S., P.C.

creating a lifetime of healthy smiles for your entire family

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9025 East Mineral Circle, Suite 101, Centennial, Colorado 80112

Mercury Safe Dentistry

Smiles81.jpgDr. Andow’s practice is mercury free and mercury safe and is committed to the concepts and practice of biological and health-focused dentistry. His practice has been mercury free for over 28 years and he safely removes mercury amalgams based on the recommendations of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM) and other prominent biological and holistic dental organizations. The following is our office procedure for removing mercury amalgams in the safest environment possible:

  • Keep the fillings cool during removal- During removal a tremendous amount of heat is generated. This causes a significant increase in the release of mercury, both as a vapor and in particle form. We cool the amalgam with water and air while removing. This substantially reduces the amount of mercury vapor.
  • Remove the fillings in large pieces- During removal the amalgam is cut into pieces. The smaller the pieces, the more the increase of mercury vapor. We use a process that's referred to as "chunking." This causes less release of mercury vapor by sectioning the fillings into larger chunks. These chunks can then be easily removed by hand instrument or suction.
  • Use a high-speed, high-volume suction system- During removal mercury vapor is released from the filling. We use a powerful high-speed, high-volume suction system. This minimizes your exposure to mercury vapor and amalgam particles. We keep the suction tip as close to the tooth as possible but always within 1/2 inch of the filling during the entire time the filling is being removed.
  • Provide a pure oxygen alternative air source- Even with the best efforts to eliminate the mercury vapors, there is still a very small amount that will contaminate the room air. We use a nasal hood that completely seals off the room air and is supplied with pure oxygen from a sealed oxygen tank to eliminate any possibility that you will be exposed to the mercury vapors.
  • Use a rubber covering (dam)- During removal the amalgam pieces may not be removed by the high-speed, high-volume suction. Without a protective covering these pieces could fall to the back of the throat and be swallowed. We use a protective rubber covering (rubber dam) that isolates the teeth that are being treated. This acts like a surgical drape and makes it easier to evacuate the amalgam pieces and prevents amalgam particles from being swallowed.
  • Remove gloves and clean your mouth after fillings are removed- Even with all the precautions that we use there are always some residual amalgam particles and residual mercury vapor in the mouth. Once the amalgam filling(s) have been removed, we dispose of our gloves and the rubber covering. We then thoroughly rinse and suction your entire mouth for at least 15 seconds and place a new rubber covering. These procedures will help remove any remaining amalgam particles and mercury vapors.



"Smoking Teeth -- Toxic Teeth"

This dramatic video of mercury vapor out-gassing from a "silver amalgam" dental filling has outraged the world since it was first demonstrated at an IAOMT meeting in 1995.



"Mercury: The Poison in Your Teeth"

Dr. Tom McGuire is a leading authority on mercury silver amalgam fillings. His video provides conclusive, quantitative proof that not only do amalgam fillings release highly toxic mercury vapor -  but that the common act of brushing just one amalgam filling - will release more mercury than allowed by governmental regulatory agencies at the workplace. 

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