A responsible dentist who knows what they’re doing will also be able to remove amalgam fillings properly. If you’re not sure what the protocol is, find out. If you’re not sure your dentist does, find out. Do not go through any treatment unless you are confident that your dentist does know what he/she is doing.
Increasingly, conventional dentists are switching to composite wherever possible and as dental research into composite materials increases the durability for high-pressure biting surfaces (molars) we may eventually see a natural decrease in the use of mercury fillings anyway.
Extraction instead of Root Canal Therapy
When a patient is considered for root canal therapy it is usually because there is extreme tooth decay, a fractured root or extreme periodontal disease, or some other event or condition that has compromised the tooth’s structure and functionality. As part of the consultation to determine the proper course of treatment, a dentist or root canal specialist (endodontist) will discuss other treatment options such as extraction of the tooth and prosthodontic replacement. (I find it interesting that my reading didn’t indicate an aversion by holistic dentists to not replacing these extracted teeth with titanium implants –a metal which has been shown to cause no allergic reaction—which is the standard of treatment for replacing missing teeth now).
The holistic focus here seems to be on the fact that in even successfully root canaled teeth –where all canals have been located and treated (sometimes a dentist may miss a canal or two)—can still contain bacteria in microscopic tubules in the treated tooth that can spread to other parts of the body. If a root canal is performed on a tooth, holistic dentists claim their root canal treatment methods are different because they use a calcium hydroxide rinse (calcium oxide, zinc oxide and an ethyl/glycol/water liquid) to flush out these tubules.
Conventional dentists and root canal specialists also use this rinse. Again, I’m not really sure where visiting a holistic dentist in this case presents any particular advantage over a conventional dentist.