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Safe Amalgam Removal

Most people don’t realize that “silver fillings,” also called “amalgams,” are actually an alloy of silver with mercury and other metals. The largest single component (50% or more) of dental amalgam is mercury! Even though these fillings have a constant out-gassing of mercury vapor while in the mouth, (see ‘Smoking Teeth=Poison Gas’ on YouTube) the largest and most dangerous exposure to mercury occurs when the fillings are first put in the mouth, and when they are removed. To remove amalgam fillings, the typical dental office grinds them out, spraying this mercury-rich slurry around the mouth.

Dr. Bloss has taken the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) training for Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal and follows the IAOMT guidelines for mercury removal.


  • Isolation of the tooth with Dental Dam and Clean-Up Suction tip. The Dental Dam separates the amalgam removal area from the rest of the mouth, and the Clean-Up Suction tip removes the amalgam slurry right at the source.
  • The patient is placed on oxygen through a nasal hood, for a separate supply of air to breathe rather than the mercury-rich vapor in the oral cavity.
  • Copious water spray while cutting, to reduce the production of mercury vapor, and to facilitate suctioning and removal of the ultrafine particles of ground-out amalgam.
  • High volume evacuation ongoing throughout the procedure.
  • “Chunking” of the amalgam and removal in the largest pieces possible.
  • Use of the Tact-Air Mercury Vapor Ionizer for high-voltage electrostatic precipitation enabling the safe capture and precipitation of mercury vapor and ultrafine particles from the ambient air in the dental operatory.
  • Thorough and copious rinsing of the mouth after the amalgam removal.
  • Charcoal and Vitamin C rinse and drink following the removal to help scavenge and prevent absorption of any mercury that entered the digestive tract.