The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology ( IAOMT ) is a network of dentists, physicians and medical researchers working together to obtain information concerning the latest interdisciplinary scientific research. We do not just study dentistry – our lecturers are drawn from the field of medicine, physiology, toxicology, chemistry, biochemistry, risk and exposure assessment, materials science, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, epidemiology, cardiology, neurology, nutrition and other fields of science.
“We are adamant that dentistry should be based on peer-reviewed science – not on history and tradition”
The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has many mercury safe dentists with varying levels of proficiency. We recommend one seek out an accredited IAOMT dentist, as this shows the dentist has taken advance courses in protecting staff and patients from the toxic exposures of dental mercury.
What is IAOMT accreditation?
Accreditation by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology certifies to the professional community and the general public that you have been trained and tested in the comprehensive application of biocompatible dentistry, including current methods for safe removal of dental amalgam.
IAOMT accreditation establishes you at the forefront of modern dentistry and demonstrates your commitment to furthering your knowledge of dentistry’s undeniable role in systemic health.
Why is IAOMT accreditation important?
Now more than ever, taking action to promote your understanding of biocompatible dentistry is essential. In 2013, over 100 countries signed a United Nations mercury treaty, part of which includes a global phase-down of dental amalgam. Meanwhile, more and more news articles and even television shows such as Dr. Oz have featured segments about the risks of mercury fillings.
What this means is that there is a growing demand for “qualified” or “specially trained” biocompatible dentists because patients and other medical professionals are purposefully seeking out dentists who have expertise in this pertinent issue.
Disclaimer: The IAOMT makes no representation as to the quality or scope of a member’s medical or dental practice, or as to how closely the member adheres to the principles and practices advocated by the Academy. You must use your own best judgment when using the services of any health care practitioner.
The IAOMT and its members are very concerned about excess exposure to mercury when old amalgam fillings are removed. The process of drilling out amalgam fillings liberates quantities of mercury vapor and fine particulates that can be inhaled and absorbed through the lungs.
We have developed some simple methods for reducing this exposure, which all members of the IAOMT should be aware of. Accredited members, Fellows and Masters are all certified as being proficient in safe amalgam removal techniques. For more information, see the article, “Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings” in the Featured Articles section of this website.
If your dentist is not an Accredited IAOMT member, ask these questions:
- What is your position on the mercury issue? How much knowledge do you possess about mercury?
If a dentist is knowledgeable about the mercury issue and understands mercury biochemistry, it is likely they will take the removal process seriously. Be concerned if you hear, “I don’t think the mercury in fillings is a big deal, but I’ll take it out if you like.” This is probably a dentist that isn’t very concerned about IAOMT recommended removal protocols.
- Do you use a rubber dam when removing amalgam?
The rubber sheet greatly reduces the amount of particulates that go down the throat.
- Is your suction system powerful and efficient? Do you use a special tip (such as “Clean Up,” available from IAOMT) or its equivalent?
Utilizing an efficient suction system in the oral cavity with a specialized adapter or its equivalent is necessary to contain the mercury vapor and amalgam particles.
- Do you apply copious amounts of water to the filling upon removal?
Large amounts of water help contain the mercury vapor and fine particulate matter, as well as, cool the filling.
- Do you remove the mercury/amalgam filling in large sections?
By using a very thin bur and reducing the amount of drilling, the amount of mercury and fine particulates is minimized.
- Do you utilize alternative air sources and/or equipment to reduce mercury inhalation?
The dentist should employ one or more methods to prevent the patient from inhaling the mercury vapor and fine particulate matter.
If you are looking to get your mercury dental fillings removed safely then please consider using an accredited dentist from the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT).