AMALGAM REMOVAL AT TOOTH BY THE LAKE
It is important that we inform you that we are not allowed to encourage you to remove your amalgam fillings in the absence of an allergic reaction to the amalgam itself. Therefore, we cannot recommend dental amalgam removal for our patients. It is your right; however, to make decisions regarding your own health care and you may select the type of health care you wish to receive. Our purpose then is to help you participate in an informed consent process before making any treatment decisions.
The information that we provide you will help you make an informed decision about whether you wish to have your amalgams removed, how you wish to do it and which protocols you would like to apply during your treatment.
When we state that a certain authority has indicated that treatment should be performed in a certain way, we are by no means endorsing a certain philosophy. Our purpose is only to help you become familiar with the various philosophies and to provide the treatment that you request.
During our consultation about your request for amalgam removal the following areas will be covered:
- Explain both sides of the controversy of amalgam removal and provide you with information and resources.
- Provide our informed consent to emphasize that it is your choice when you have your amalgams removed and to explain the potential risk of damaging tooth structure during removal.
- Discuss the cost of removal, the advantages and disadvantages of replacement materials.
(See California Fact Sheet on Dental Materials.)
- It is our obligation to recommend that you consult with your physician especially if you believe that amalgam removal will improve or eliminate a medical condition
The American Dental Association has accepted that given your complete understanding of the above points you can choose to have your amalgams removed. Once you make this choice we can ethically choose to remove your amalgams or refuse to remove your amalgams.
All of our efforts to inform and communicate are effective only if you, the patients, are willing to voice your questions and concerns. Our goal is to help you through the process of decision making and being there for you throughout your treatment.
We look forward to providing you dental care!