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About Mercury in Dental practice

Amalgam Removal
Components of Safe Removal. Because of the large mercury vapor release during amalgam removal, these precautionary measures are used in our office:
  • Rubber dam
  • High volume suction
  • Copious water flow
  • "Chunking out" large sections
  • Alternate air source
  • Filtered air with negative ion generator
  • Large, long-neck, high powered vacuum
Electrical Disturbances from Dissimilar Metals
Just as a magnet next to a television will distort it's image, so will communication from the brain to the body be disrupted by the greater electrical field generated by the dissimilar metals in your mouth. Milliwatts are generated in teeth, Nanowatts are generated from the brain via the nervous system
  • Special potential meter used to measure electrical currents
  • Fillings removed in order of greatest disturbance

Is made from medical grade oxygen. Oxygen Ozone effectively treats, inflammation and infection in root canal therapy and gum treatment. It is used to sterilized teeth before placing fillings or crowns. One molecule of ozone has the killing power of 3,000 to 10,000 molecules of chlorine and kills 3,500 times faster. Kills bacteria, fungus and viruses, yet is very kind to healthy cells. It can also be used to treat uncomfortable teeth with unresolved root canal treatment.
When do I need a crown?
Generally used criteria for crowning teeth:
  1. Large, old mercury amalgam fillings.
  2. Visible crazing or cracking of tooth, with our without filling breakdown.
  3. “Insurance” will pay for it.
  4. Broken portion of tooth or crack causing chewing pain.
My criteria
  1. Biting pain from cracked tooth that is only resolved by a conservative crown.
  2. Insufficient remaining tooth to support a filling (bonding). Seldom.
I find that in 29 years of restoring sick, broken-down teeth without using crowns, that excellent strengthening can be accomplished. With proper bonding of the filling materials to the remaining tooth structure, most cracks are reinforced and many years of additional service are gained.

This results in:
  1. Less cutting on good remaining tooth structure.
  2. Preserves original tooth.
  3. Less trauma resulting in less chance of needing root canal therapy.
  4. Much less cost.
Root Canal Therapy
When not to have it done.
  1. Cracked root.
  2. Medical practitioner finds tooth too disruptive to your body’s good health.
  3. Previous intolerance to “dead teeth” in your body.
  4. You simply would rather have it removed and rid yourself of the tooth (always better than keeping an untreated, infected tooth).
  5. Sensitivity to all types of root canal filling materials.
Some say that all “root canals” are bad. It is bad to keep a treated or untreated tooth in your mouth that is still infecting your body 24 hours a day. Bacteria, their toxins, and the inflammation spreads via the blood stream to the rest of the body. This is what occurs with traditional gutta percha filling material. With only the main canal(s) filled most pain and swelling does subside.
What remains unstopped is exposure to toxins produced from bacteria still living in the thousands of tiny pore (dentinal tubules) openings that reach from the root surface to the center of the tooth. These pores are too small to access and get into to be cleaned. Lasers may barely clean just the inside openings, but no further. This means the tissue and bone anchoring the root are infected chronically even still after “successful” treatment of the root canal.
The standard criteria for successful treatment is:
  1. It stopped hurting
  2. X-ray shows healing of infection.

Health centered or biological dentistry goes one step further:

  1. No remaining bacteria/toxins in tubules that continuously leak to the body and
    overwork its already busy immune system.
It’s these infected teeth and their surrounding infected bone and tissue that set the stage for resulting incomplete healing after such teeth are extracted. This is often referred to as a “cavitation” or bony necrosis with or without resulting pain.
To accomplish the third criteria just mentioned, these additional steps are used.
  1. Irrigate canals with ozonated water.
    a. Cleanse and file with ozonated olive oil.
    b. Sterilize tooth by exposing all canals to oxygen ozone gas that permeates to the
    tubules and eliminates the bacteria in those hard to reach areas.
  2. Fill with Endocal 10, which is heavy calcium oxide. This wet paste is drawn into the tubules before it hardens from the main canal by “wicking” as in a kerosene lamp. This results in a very clean tooth then filled quite thoroughly both vertically and horizontally. This isn’t a perfect tooth but has the best chance to not contribute to the downfall of your health.
Root Canal Fill Material:
I have been using heavy calcium oxide as in Endocal 10 for over 15 years. I have found it very effective and successful in treating infected root canals. I mix it with Yttrium oxide to show up better in an x-ray and also with a pro biotic powder to improve the environment inside the tooth.
I routinely never prescribe antibiotics nor pain medication as it is only needed if there is already swelling in the surrounding tissues with acute infection. I know root canal specialists who prescribe those medications for every patient.
There was a study with around 15 extracted teeth using Endocal 10. I think 7 of them resulted in cracked teeth. I never see this with teeth still in the mouth. Root canal specialists love to quote this study without finding out for themselves how effective this treatment really is. Some claim the material expands to crack the teeth – not so. There is no expansion in volume. It does expand linearly – or is drawn toward moisture and “wicks” into the small tubules in the roots and fills and seals them. This is a very positive characteristic. It is also drawn to infection in the bone around the root where its alkaline properties help neutralize the infection and quickly restore comfort.
When are posts needed?
Previously it was taught the metal posts were needed after all root canal fillings. It was found that a flexing tooth with a non-flexing post resulted in cracked teeth. It was later determined that a post was seldom needed where there was sufficient tooth structure remaining to support a reinforcing build up prior to crown placement. When a post is required, they are now made of non metal and similar physical properties to tooth structure.
Non-Surgical Biocompatible Periodontal Therapy:
Why no gum surgery?
  1. Does not treat the disease, only the results of the disease.
  2. Very high reoccurrence rate as the cause is not addressed.
  3. You were simply told to floss and brush more.
  4. Unsightly long teeth.
  5. Greatly increases potential for sensitive roots and increased wear on the now exposed softer roots.
  6. Caused by microscopic organisms mostly bacteria (including spirochetes) protozoa’s, yeast and viruses. Surgery does nothing to heal this infection.
Procedures follow:
  1. Diagnose case with help of microscope.
  2. We in the office are not the only ones cleaning deep into the pocket.
  3. Patients trained to irrigate with natural irrigants into depths of the pockets.
  4. Progress monitored with microscope.
  5. Body’s own healing powers enhanced by utilizing nutritional supplements to help overcome causative factors such as:
    1. Trace mineral imbalance
    2. Blood sugar disturbances.
    3. Weak immune system.
  6. Coordinate care with your physician where medication side affects are causing a dry mouth.
  7. Irrigate the pockets at each cleaning or root planning appointment with natural antimicrobials including ozone therapy. This reduces the amount of bacteria that can get into your bloodstream from open blood vessels in bleeding gums, and decreases inflammation.
  8. Aggressive follow up to monitor/encourage your home care diligence and aid in successful healing process.
  9. Yearlong commitment to heal this chronic infection that took years to develop.
Benefits are:
  1. Painful, unsightly surgery almost never needed.
  2. Natural holistic healing promoted
    1. Less invasive.
    2. Less costly.
  3. Actual causes are addressed – not only the results/symptoms of the infection:
  4. Source of inflammation to rest of body is eliminated.
Why treat this infection?

Consequences if left untreated increases chance of developing:
Heart disease 72 – 168%
Stroke 300%
Preterm, low birth weight 700%
Not surviving a heart attack 400 – 500%
There has also been shown a relationship with diabetes, ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia. If a physician saw infecting the body, the kinds of microorganisms we see in the microscope, they couldn’t move fast enough to order antibiotics. These microorganisms are very powerful. It is a serious infection!
Many infecting agents linked to heart disease are bacteria from the mouth.
What about sensitivity after new fillings or crowns?
Eliminated by:
  • Careful bonding protocol followed. Dentist must follow proper sequence of steps (unrushed) to achieve minimal internal stress buildup and obtain proper bonding.
  • Careful fitting to opposing teeth, with follow up for refinement of bite to minimize chewing discomfort and cold sensitivity.
  • Cannot be rushed.
  • Ozone used to reduce normal inflammation caused by routine trauma of working on teeth and gums.
  • This is normal bite adjustment, not to be overlooked, to accommodate new restorations: Varies from patient to patient.
Call Dr. Eccles, Family and Cosmetic Dentist in Livermore For more information about a safer and healthier approach to dental care
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