As mentioned, once I have thoroughly studied the evidence, we will meet to talk about your unique dental health situation, my recommendations and all of your treatment options. We will also discuss the proposed timing, sequence, number and length of appointments for removing the mercury, as well as biocompatibility testing, detoxification protocols and other post-surgical concerns. You may find it helpful to bring your spouse or partner, child, parent, caregiver or other significant person involved with your healthcare to this consultation and take part in the discussion.
Whatever your decision with respect to treatment, I want it to be a fully informed one. Thus, I will encourage and help you to learn all you can about your specific dental health situation. I also encourage you to get and consider other opinions, and to ask as many questions as needed to understand your options.
Before we remove the mercury, you must prepare your body to handle the detoxification and healing process. This is a vital step without which the removal may be of little benefit, as your body won’t be able to rid itself fully of its built-up toxic burden. In some cases, skipping this step can make things worse.
Preparing to heal typically begins with nutritional improvements, adjusting your current diet to be more detoxifying and immunity building. We will also create a supplementation regimen for you to help strengthen your immune system and support the organs of elimination (kidneys, bowels, liver, intestine and other organs that help rid your body of metabolic waste and toxins). The supplements will also help replenish any nutrients your body may have become deficient in through years of spending its resources resisting the slow poisoning by mercury.
The typical regimen includes vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, enzymes, herbs and homeopathic. Your specific needs will be established via test results or Autonomic Response Testing. Once your body has been prepared to heal, we can begin removing the mercury.
Which mercury-removal protocols do you follow? Standards of care for safe removal have been established and are maintained by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). These standards help ensure that the mercury is removed safely and that the patient, dentist and staff are not exposed to the poisonous mercury vapor that is released during the process. At ISHSKO Dental Centre all staff are trained in and have followed this protocol since its inception. Before that, we followed the widely accepted Huggins Protocol, which continues to guide our work in this area, as well.