Dental Implant Surgeries in Puerto Rico

This last month, I took yet another trip out to Puerto Rico for a couple weeks. My family and several other patients needing surgery all packed their suitcases and headed out with me, enduring the unbearable spring weather and mediocre tropical scenery. (I hope you caught the sarcasm.)

I have already booked my next trip to Puerto Rico and will continue teaching other dentists and implant surgeons how to perform dental implants using innovative techniques. At least eight other patients have committed to have surgeries performed on them this next time around, and we are looking forward to going back.

Need some kind of implant surgery done? Call us and see if you can make a vacation out of it!

Dr. Glenn Sperbeck, West Los Angeles


How Mercury is Able to Affect the Body

If you’ve been following along, I’ve been writing about the mercury in amalgam fillings for a few posts now, and how that mercury is released into your body. But once it’s in your body, what’s the problem?

Research has shown that the mercury vapor that’s released and consumed is able to get past the protection of fatty membrane surrounding the cells in your body because the mercury vapor itself is fat soluble, or lipophilic. What this means is that mercury is able to settle down in all of the cells of the body with no trouble. Mercury is also attracted to the amino acids that have a high sulfur component, and this means that it is able to alter the function of proteins in the body because it will easily attach itself to this group, keeping necessary minerals from being able to attach as they should. The same thing happens with the enzymes in the body. Because of this, the body creates more free radicals, which can be the cause of varying diseases if they’re not removed, and mercury deprives the body of the antioxidants that are needed to remove them.

If these terms confuse you, let me recap: mercury is able to easily enter the fatty tissues of the body on the cellular level. In proteins, it takes the place of minerals like iron, zinc, copper, iodine, magnesium, etc., which are things your body desperately needs and cannot function well without, and it does the same with enzymes. As a result, there are more free radicals in the body, and free radicals are harmful if they’re not taken care of.

If you’d like more info on the scientific research that’s been done you can read more about it here, and next up I’ll address some possible results of this mercury buildup in the body.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

How Mercury is Released From Your Fillings

In the previous post I talked in general about what Mercury is, and now I want to address how Mercury is released from your amalgam/silver fillings and into your body. As a quick recap from my last post, studies show that mercury is a harmful substance, and studies also show that it is one of the main components of amalgam/silver fillings. If the mercury is in your mouth, how can it be harmful to other areas of your body? Let me explain how having mercury in your fillings can release mercury into the rest of your body.

First, it’s important to understand that as a chemical element, mercury releases vapors when it is heated, and it’s these vapors that are harmful to the body. The mercury in fillings can be heated from friction created in daily activities like eating, brushing your teeth, grinding your teeth, having your teeth polished, etc. Research shows that when you perform these tasks, these vapors are released and are then swallowed with what you’re consuming, or even just the air you’re taking in. From then on the mercury is in your body and can impact your health in many ways. The vapor is also released when you have the mercury removed from your mouth, and that’s why it’s important to make sure that the mercury is removed in a safe way not just for you, but for everyone in the vicinity. Consider how these daily activities release mercury vapor, and next up I’ll explain a little bit of how research has shown mercury in your body affects all of your health.


Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

Some General Information on Mercury Fillings

There have already been a few articles written on this blog about mercury in fillings, which you can read here, but I wanted to go over it again in case you haven’t had a chance to read those. I’ll start with some general things you’ve maybe never heard about mercury in your silver/amalgam fillings. In future posts I’ll talk in more detail about how mercury affects your health.

What is mercury? Mercury is a substance that is poisonous to the human body in any quantity, not just in large amounts. Even the tiniest bit of exposure can be extremely harmful to your health, and for this reason, what I’m about to say next may sound odd: silver/ amalgam fillings contain mercury as their one of their main ingredients. They’re not called mercury fillings, and so many people don’t realize that it’s a large part of the filling.

I’ll be writing soon in more detail about the way mercury is released into your body and give you a few more things to consider about this topic. Stay tuned for more on mercury, and how you can help keep yourself and those around you safe and healthy!

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

Sleep Apnea Treatment through Nightlase Dentistry

Many people struggle with Sleep Apnea Disorder and don’t realize it, or are unaware of the successful treatment that can be done through“NIGHTLASE™” dentistry to help increase their quality of sleep.

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder caused by the relaxation of the muscles in the back of the throat. When the muscles relax, a person’s airways close and so it becomes hard to breathe. When the brain recognizes this, it awakens the person to help them breathe properly. The awakening is usually so short that people don’t remember it, and it can happen from 5 to 30 times per hour, keeping a person from being able to reach the deep and peaceful sleep necessary for healthy functioning during the day. The symptoms of this disorder are drowsiness, loud snoring, abrupt awakenings, waking up with a dry or sore throat, headaches, and attention problems.

The various prescribed treatments for sleep apnea require the patient to wear a mask as they sleep, or a device which goes in the nose to help airflow. In more serious cases surgery may be required to remove tissue, reposition the jaw, or insert plastic rod implants.

As an alternative to these uncomfortable treatments, or to go alongside them, you should look into Nightlase laser treatment as a way to manage snoring and sleep apnea in a safe way without use of chemicals or surgery. Nightlase uses an Erbium:YAG laser to heat the tissue on walls of the mouth, which causes the collagen in the tissue to reorganize itself into a more firm form. What this means is that the muscles in the mouth and throat tighten, keeping them from relaxing during sleep, and opening the airways for better breathing altogether. The Nightlase treatment is a walk-in and walk-out procedure, done in 3 separate sessions over a course of 6 weeks. No anesthesia or special preparation is required, no device must be worn at night, and the results have been shown to last for up to a year. This is a safe and gentle way for you and your family to finally get a great night’s rest again!

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles