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Huggins-Grube Protocol - Safe mercury removal - revised 06/20
At Centers for Healing we use the Huggins-Grube Protocol for safe mercury filling removal. Once the mercury fillings are placed inside a patient’s teeth, it is of the utmost importance to have them removed as safely as possible to limit additional exposure to the patient. This is critical because from the time the mercury fillings are implanted into the teeth, they are continually off gassing mercury. This is called low dose exposure. If multiple safety precautions are not in place when removing the mercury fillings, the patient may have an acute exposure, which may have a negative effect on the patient’s overall health.
While several European countries have banned the use of mercury fillings such as Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, the European Union (EU) has now placed limitations on the use of mercury fillings for women and children. This is the result of the Minamata Convention on Mercury Treaty. The United States, as well as other developed countries, continue to allow mercury fillings to be implanted in the mouths of not only adults, but also children, even though the United States has ratified the Minamata Convention on Mercury Treaty
The mandated regulation for the banning of mercury fillings in the EU as of July 1, 2018 are as follows:
1) Amalgam use in children under 15 will be banned 7/1/18
2) Amalgam use in pregnant women will be banned 7/1/18
3) Amalgam use in breastfeeding women will be banned 7/1/18
Some of the symptoms of mercury toxicity are:
(As per the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
• muscle weakness
• skin rashes
• mental disturbances such as mood swings and memory loss
• impairment of speech, hearing and peripheral vision
• impairment of coordinated movements such as walking or writing
• numbness and "pins and needles" feeling in the hands, feet and sometimes around the mouth
A dental revision starts with a comprehensive evaluation of a patient’s oral health status, medical history, and current health symptoms. This is followed by an extensive clinical examination to see if a patient has decay, gum disease, abscesses, etc. This step by step process also includes investigating current dental materials in the patients mouth and those dental materials toxicities to the patient by analyzing the blood and hair reports. A treatment plan is then established to restore the mouth using the most biocompatible materials that are least reactive to the patient.
3D Cone Beam CT – Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CT) – a special type of x-ray used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient, that produce 3-D images of teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan.
Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics
Uses an industrial hygiene monitoring device that measures toxic mercury levels.
Exposes patients to less radiation to produce a digital image. This technology does not expose the dental staff to toxic chemicals nor does it create toxic waste.
Studied and used extensively for more than a century. Its use has been proven to be safe and consistent with minimal and preventable side effects. It is used as an antibacterial agent to treat oral infections.
Developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago, mainly in China. Uses precise finger placement and pressure over specific points along the body, following specific channels, known as meridians.
Is a natural fibrin-based biomaterial prepared from an anticoagulant-free blood harvest without any artificial biochemical modification that allows obtaining fibrin membranes enriched with platelets and growth factors.
Checks dissimilar metals in the mouth for galvanic currents – that can cause corrosion in the oral cavity.
Used in Complementary and Alternative Medical treatments, based on emerging evidence appears to have a positive safety profile, favorable pharmacology, evidence for mechanism of action, and some anti-cancer effects in vitro and in animals.
Is a combination of medicines to help a patient relax (a sedative) and blocks pain (an anesthetic) during a medical or dental procedure. The patient will most likely stay awake but may not be able to speak.