The composition of all amalgam/silver fillings is more than 50% mercury. These fillings continually off-gas elemental mercury vapor, which is considered the most toxic form of mercury. This mercury vapor is inhaled day after day, year after year, and passes via the lungs into the circulatory system, which then carries mercury to every tissue and organ of the body, including the brain. The effects of mercury on the body are quite severe, with mercury playing a significant role in the development of Alzheimer's Disease and other significant, chronic health issues.
Keep in mind everyone is different in their ability to handle the toxic load mercury places on their system. Some people may not experience any negative health effects as a consequence of their mercury fillings. However, for those with a decreased ability remove mercury from their system, chronic mercury exposure can result in heavy metal toxicity, making the practice of safe mercury removal essential for those individuals. Safe mercury removal is also very important for the dentists that remove your mercury fillings and the dental staff that assists during the procedure. They are the ones who need protection the most as they are exposed to extremely high levels of mercury vapor each, and every time they remove a mercury filling.
Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach care enough to protect you from toxic mercury vapors, they also care enough to protect their team and themselves. This is why they will practice safe mercury removal in every situation they encounter a mercury filling that needs removal and replacement.