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In considering dental treatment, which may include removal and replacement of “silver” mercury amalgam fillings in your mouth, several points have been discussed.

The following are well established facts in scientific literature:

  1. There is no level of mercury exposure that can be regarded as safe or harmless.
  2. When originally placed “silver” amalgam fillings contain approximately 50% mercury.
  3. Mercury is not “locked in” fillings and does escape in small amounts, mostly in the form of volatilized mercury vapor.
  4. Exposure to mercury increases with chewing, tooth brushing and heat.
  5. Mercury vapor is extremely toxic and easily absorbed. It’s toxicity is rated greater than lead, cadmium or arsenic.
  6. Leading toxicologists have concluded that mercury from amalgam fillings constitutes the single greatest source of exposure to humans and is greater than food, air or environmental sources.
  7. Animal studies have shown amalgam derived mercury accumulates in the body tissues and organs, it also travels through fetal blood supply to fetal tissues and is found in maternal milk.

Escondido holistic dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, has not placed a mercury filling in his practice for over 30 years and practices the safe removal of mercury fillings as laid out by the IAOMT.

If you have any questions regarding safe mercury amalgam filling removal please call our Escondido Dental Office today at 760-746-3663 or visit our website at http://www.drjkerbs.com.

 

 

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What is a Biological Dentist?

A biological dentist is concerned about the materials used within the mouth and within the dental practice.

Dr. Kerbs uses only the safest materials in dentistry. He uses bio-compatible materials in all of his restorations and does not use metal in any of his restorations. Dr. Kerbs feels that all materials used in the mouth should not only be safe, but also function well and look natural.

Dr. Kerbs practices biological, conservative dentistry. This is an integral part of his practice. Dr. Kerbs looks at the treatment plan for his patients seeking to conserve as much tooth structure as possible in order to keep the teeth healthier for life. Conserving as much tooth structure as possible, allows the teeth to stay stronger over the years. Often times Dr. Kerbs is able to do a filling or cosmetic bonding rather than a crown, in order to save tooth structure. At times when a crown is necessary, Dr. Kerbs does a conservative preparation of the tooth, removing as little tooth structure as possible.

Young woman, her face upward, enjoying the sun

Dr. Kerbs Office is mercury free, mercury safe, metal free, fluoride free, and uses ozone water during all procedures including dental cleanings. Dr. Kerbs uses ozone in all aspects of his dental procedures. Dr. Kerbs uses the latest laser technology with his Fotona ND/ER yag laser which provides his patients with better healing times and less invasive procedure options. Dr. Kerbs caters to nervous patients with his complimentary comfort menu, ask our team about all of the free comforts available to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

Looking at the overall picture, is very important to Dr. Kerbs. He analyzes the way the mouth functions as a whole, including the teeth, gums, bone, TMJ, muscles in the head and neck and the way the teeth meet and bite together. Dr. Kerbs recognizes that the mouth is connected to the body and that there is a direct link to the mouth and the body’s symptoms (the systemic connection). Dr. Kerbs and his hygienists focus on health and prevention in every aspect of their practice. Conservative dental techniques have been achieved from thousands of hours of continuing education and accreditation with leading associations in holistic and cosmetic dentistry. It is Dr. Kerbs goal for every person to achieve and maintain health for life.

Please contact our Escondido Holistic Dental Office today at 760-746-3663. We are here to answer all of your questions regarding biological dentistry.

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Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, hasn’t placed an amalgam filling in his holistic dental practice since 1989. Since this time he has been removing amalgam fillings safely with all of the necessary safety protocols including a rubber dam to isolate the tooth from the mouth, high-speed evacuation, oxygen mask to cover the nose and room air filtration.

Amalgam fillings are filled with mercury, a known toxin. Amalgam fillings are not bonded to the surrounding tooth, causing the amalgam filling to separate from the remaining tooth which allows for microleakge of bacteria under the filling. As a result of the microleakage, Dr. Kerbs finds cavities under the amalgam fillings over 80% of the time. Amalgam fillings corrode and expand over time, causing the tooth around the filling to crack and fracture which weakens the natural tooth structure and can lead to large pieces of the tooth to break. Mercury is constantly being released into the mouth and body when amalgam fillings are present.

Dr. Kerbs replaces amalgam fillings with tooth colored ceramic/composite fillings. Dr. Kerbs uses the strongest and safest material available to sculpt the tooth back to its original shape. Composite fillings bond the tooth back together to increase the tooth’s strength by 85-95% and when placed correctly they have superior function.

Dr. Kerbs only utilizes the highest quality, non-toxic materials in his holistic practice of dentistry, but what he wants his patients to understand is that technique is equally as important as safe materials. Dr. Kerbs is a conservative dentist. What this means to his patients is that he will never remove any tooth structure that doesn’t absolutely need to be removed. How this applies to removal of mercury fillings is that Dr. Kerbs will never cut down any unnecessary tooth structure when replacing amalgam fillings. The technique for placement of the new ceramic/composite filling is as important as the safe and conservative removal of the mercury filling. Dr. Kerbs’ expert technique for placement of the ceramic/cosmetic eliminates post-op sensitivity, adds strength and superior function back to the tooth and restores the tooth to it’s natural color and beauty.

If you are concerned about your amalgam fillings/mercury toxicity please give our Escondido holistic dental office a call 760-746-3663 one of our team members will be able to answer all of your questions and help you move forward to better health.

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Are amalgam fillings plaguing the health of your mouth and body? Escondido holistic dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, hasn’t placed an amalgam filling since 1985. Since this time he has been removing amalgam fillings safely with all of the necessary safety protocols including a rubber dam to isolate the tooth from the mouth, high-speed evacuation, oxygen mask to cover the nose and room air filtration.

Amalgam fillings are filled with mercury, a known poison. Amalgam fillings are not bonded to the surrounding tooth, causing the amalgam filling to separate from the remaining tooth which allows for microleakge of bacteria under the filling. As a result of the microleakage, Dr. Kerbs finds cavities under the amalgam fillings over 80% of the time. Amalgam fillings corrode and expand/contract over time, causing the tooth around the filling to crack and fracture which weakens the natural tooth structure and can lead to large pieces of the tooth to break. Mercury is constantly being released into the mouth and body when amalgam fillings are present.

Dr. Kerbs replaces amalgam fillings with tooth colored composite fillings. Dr. Kerbs uses the strongest and safest material available to sculpt the tooth back to its original shape. Composite fillings bond the tooth back together to increase the tooth’s strength by 85-95% and when placed correctly they have superior function.

Dr. Kerbs only utilizes the highest quality, non-toxic materials in his practice of dentistry, but what he wants his patients to understand is that technique is equally as important as safe materials. Dr. Kerbs is a conservative dentist. What this means to his patients is that he will never remove any tooth structure that doesn’t absolutely need to be removed. How this applies to removal of mercury fillings is that Dr. Kerbs will never cut down any unnecessary tooth structure when replacing amalgam fillings.

If you are concerned about your amalgam fillings please give our Escondido dental office a call 760-746-3663 one of our team members will be able to answer all of your questions and help you move forward to better health.

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Escondido dental practice, Dr. Kerbs Office, has been a mercury free practice since 1989. Chances are, your first cavity was filled with a dark-silver amalgam filling. You might have multiple silver fillings that you wish you could change for something less conspicuous. Now could be your time.

There are several drawbacks to having amalgam (silver) fillings:

  • Placement of amalgam restorations is inherently non-conservative, requiring more tooth structure removal than is necessary. When more tooth structure is removed, it leaves the remaining tooth structure weak, sometimes resulting in the remaining tooth to crack or break off around the silver filling. Replacing a silver filling with a tooth-colored filling can restore up to 90% of the tooth’s original strength. This is because tooth-colored fillings are bonded or fused to the tooth.
  • Silver fillings are not bonded or fused to the tooth, leaving a gap between the tooth and filling, allowing the opportunity for bacteria to enter and grow under the filling. Often, upon removal of silver fillings, decay/soft tooth is found.
  • It’s a fact that amalgam corrodes or rusts over time. Due to the corrosion process, the amalgam expands causing internal stresses and encourages cracking of already weakened tooth structure. With natural wear, these restorations can deteriorate to the point where bacteria can seep under the filling, allowing decay to grab hold of healthy tooth material.
  • Silver fillings oxidize turning black and permanently discoloring the tooth over time. The silver oxide can tattoo the adjacent gum tissue, commonly called an amalgam tattoo.
  • 50% of a silver filling is mercury, a known heavy metal toxin. The remainder is composed of silver and other non-precious metals that corrode and break down over the life of the filling.
  • Mercury is toxic. OSHA and California Law require that offices using mercury post that they have toxic materials used in the office and must store the toxic materials in a biohazard container.
  • Mercury is a poison that in large doses can cause brain damage, kidney malfunction, memory loss, and depression. We now know that low levels of mercury vapor in amalgam fillings are released over time. What we don’t know is the cumulative effect of low doses on your body over a long period of time.

Dr. Kerbs practices safe removal of mercury fillings taking the utmost precautions using the following:

  • Rubber Dam Isolation (to isolate the area of treatment from the oral environment)
  • High Speed Evacuation
  • Oxygen Nasal Mask
  • Room Air Filtration
  • Distilled water for irrigation and cooling

Dr. Kerbs has stayed current, through hundreds of hours of continuing education, on proper replacement of amalgam with the latest materials and proper techniques.

Tooth colored composite fillings offer many benefits other than the absence of mercury:

  • They are natural looking, and never discolor neighboring teeth or tissues.
  • Their strength and durability has greatly improved in recent years.
  • Composite fillings are bonded to the tooth and up to 90% of the original tooth strength is re-established.
  • Tooth-colored composite fillings are safe and do not contain any harmful ingredients.
  • Well placed tooth-colored fillings look and feel like natural tooth

**The below conversion from silver fillings to tooth colored fillings was performed by Dr. Kerbs**

Being aware of what silver fillings are and what they can do to your teeth and your health is important and is something that we take very seriously at Dr. Kerbs office. If you have any questions about silver fillings, removal of silver fillings, or placement of composite (tooth-colored) fillings, we are here for you. You can call us for a complimentary consultation at anytime.

760.746.3663   240 South Hickory Street Suite #207   Escondido, CA 92025

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