Pomeroy & Rust 28 Sheep Street, Bicester
Oxon OX26 6LG

Tel: 01869 252228

Mercury free dentistry

In the removal and replacement of mercury fillings (amalgam), Tom and Stewart follow the protocols recommended by the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) and the British Society for Mercury Free Dentistry. Briefly, these include the following precautions:

  • Isolation of the treatment area by a technique known as "rubber dam"
  • Use of high-speed, water-cooled instruments
  • Use of vented suction systems, to remove all mercury vapour and expel it from the treatment area
  • Use of specialised mercury filtration system to extract harmful background mercury vapour
  • Use of general protective coverings
  • Removal sessions which adhere to the recommended time intervals between visits.

"Mercury forms a large number of organic and inorganic compounds. Mercury vapour and almost all of these compounds are highly toxic. Less hazardous substitutes should be used whenever possible." Health and Safety Executive

Tom and Stewart do not use mercury alloys in their dental treatment. There are now modern biocompatible materials available, which act as a reliable substitute. Dental amalgam (silver) contains at least 50% mercury. Numerous studies show that the mercury is not "locked-in", as previously believed, but is continually released from the fillings.

The official position of both the British and American Dental Associations is that "silver" fillings are safe and that mercury is a good material to restore decayed teeth and has no proven connection with adverse health complaints.

In susceptible individuals, however, mercury has been shown to be a factor in anxiety, depression, memory loss, brain and kidney disease, birth defects, heart and blood pressure problems, infertility and fatigue.

It can be difficult to conclusively prove the connection between health problems and mercury fillings because of the multiplicity of signs and symptoms that are seen. Over 14,000 papers have been published, which suggest that mercury is a toxic material and should not be implanted in fillings. Tom and Stewart agree with this body of opinion.

Tom and Stewart recognise that the removal of mercury fillings will not guarantee a change in the health status of patients and strongly recommend that all medical complaints be thoroughly investigated by a relevant medical practitioner.

If you wish to have your amalgam fillings replaced, it is necessary to carefully assess your dental needs first. This involves a full clinical dental examination, including x-rays (x2) which take about 30 minutes and costs £55 inclusive. This also includes a detailed printout which describes the current state of your dental profile and a full estimate of the cost of replacing the fillings.

We look forward to serving the dental needs of your family


Our dental practice is located in the centre of Bicester.

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Our dental team

We have two dental surgeons, one hygienist, three dental nurses and two receptionists all catering to provide you with the best dental care possible.

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Opening hours

Monday: 9.00 - 21.00
Tuesday: 8.00 - 19.00
Wednesday: 8.00 - 21.00
Thursday: 8.00 - 17.30
Friday: 9.00 - 18.00
Saturday: 9.00 - 17.00

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