Mercury Safe

Constant pressure from chewing, or grinding or clenching your teeth may cause your dental fillings or restorations to wear away, chip, or crack. If the seal between your tooth enamel and the restoration breaks down, food particles and decay-causing bacteria can work their way under the restoration. For these reasons, you may find that you have fillings that need replacing.

Many people do not realize their “silver” amalgam fillings are 50% mercury. Although dental amalgam continues to be a commonly used restorative material, some concern has been raised because of its mercury content and the possible adverse effects of mercury vapor on overall health.

When it’s time for your amalgam fillings to be removed, we at Ashwood Dental take safety precautions to protect your health:

  • We utilize rubber dams to minimize mercury exposure.
  • We provide pure oxygen during the amalgam removal to limit your exposure to mercury vapors, and goggles to protect your eyes.
  • We use Chlorella rinses to attempt to chelate as much mercury as possible.
  • Our rooms are constantly being filtered for mercury both during and after amalgam removal procedures.

Once your fillings have been removed, it is important they are replaced with a material that is as biofriendly as possible. While no foreign material is completely biocompatible, we offer you the best, most stable composites to preserve your health. Of course, the tooth-colored materials offer an aesthetic improvement, too!


Read What Our Patients Say

  • Jordan
    I had a crown made by Dr Sargissian and my experience was great from start to finish. I was greeted by smiling faces when I walked in, and didn’t even have a chance to sit down before I was called back and tended to right away. The procedure was quick and painless and now, 4 years later, the crown is still in perfect shape. I no longer have pain or sensitivity in the tooth. I’ve since moved to Arizona and dread the day I will need more dental work as any other office will pale in comparison.
  • Julie
    Ashwood Dental is great! Our family has been going here for years, and they do a great job. All of the staff are so kind and do their utmost to make you feel comfortable! We love Ashwood Dental!
  • Katheryn
    I have been going here for years and I have always had such an amazing experience! The office manager is the best! All the dental hygienist are gentle but thorough. Doctor is so personable and does amazing work! Highly, highly recommend!
  • Catalina
    I have been to multiple dental offices in Ventura County and Ashwood Dental is by far the best I have been to. The staff is extremely friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. The facility is clean and relaxing and makes the experience enjoyable. All the hygienists and the Dr and gentle and patient.
  • Christina Banman
    Nothing but wonderful things to say about Ashwood Dental. Staff is always kind and on top of scheduling. Love how the exam rooms have so much light. Comfy chairs and minimal wait time. Dr. Victor is awesome!
    Christina Banman
  • Mark
    I have been a patient of Ashwood Dental for many years and the services have been outstanding! The level of patient care is the best: they are genuinely concern with your well being and satisfaction. They simply are the best.
  • Joshua
    I’ve been a patient at Ashwood Dental for a few years now. Dr Sargissian and his staff are professional and friendly. I had my old mercury fillings safely removed and replaced with white fillings. I was nervous about getting the work done but everything went very smoothly.
  • Heather
    Our family is grateful for the excellent care we have received over the last several years at Ashwood Dental. Not only do they aim to make us as comfortable as possible for routine visits, they have been super accommodating whenever we have had a dental emergency.
  • Brianna
    Love this dentist. They are clean and efficient. Everyone who works there is so kind! I seriously look forward to go here. They are quick to get back to you about scheduling and open appointments!
  • Jennifer
    By far the best dental office I’ve ever been to! Dr. Sargissian is proactive yet conservative, which is perfect. The hygienists are top notch. The assistants, office manager, and receptionists are so nice and helpful!
  • Jose
    Professional, kind and honest service. Both my daughters and I have been coming to Ashwood Dental for about 10 years now and we are very happy with the services provided.
  • Peyton
    Best of the best! Great hospitality and workmanship throughout. Everyone is working together as a team to give you the best experience as possible, and not waste your time and money! Definitely would recommend.
  • Amy
    Great family dentist. Dr Sargissian takes the time to explain everything and has a gentle touch. I recommend this office to anyone.
  • Isaac
    I was extremely pleased with Ashwood Dental. The staff is top notch and very friendly. I highly ecommend them.
  • Sarah
    If you're looking for a fantastic dentist and a great staff then Ashwood Dental is the place. Dr. Sargissian and his staff are absolutely wonderful! Everyone there is so friendly and knowledgeable. They provided all the answers to my many questions and were very thorough. The office is beautiful, very comfortable and clean. I will definitely be going back for all of my dental needs.
  • Shadoe
    Gorgeous staff at Ashwood dental made my experience the best one yet I've ever had at a dentist office. And they're affordable prices and very clean and open atmosphere over at Ashwood dental made my experience less stressful and relaxing. Emily at the front desk assured that I would be taken care of throughout the whole process, she made the warm welcome from Ashwood dental complete. There prices are outrageously affordable! The dentist is all about the patient and not about a price tag. I would totally recommend everyone switch over to Ashwood Dental!!!
  • Leslie
    This place is so great! Everyone that works at Ashwood Dental is so nice and pleasant, I really can't say enough good things about this place and all of its employees. The first thing I had done was a cleaning, it was the best dental cleaning experience I have ever had.. I barely felt her cleaning my teeth! I also was having really bad enamel problems, we came to the conclusion that veneers where the best option for me. I couldn't be happier with my veneers, they look exactly like my natural teeth! All of my friends, and family don't even notice because they look like my teeth, its just what I wanted. I also had a night guard made from Ashwood Dental and I sleep fine with it, fits perfect and is so comfortable. I had to move out of Ventura, back to my home town for a while, and I am having a hard time finding a dentist. Next time I take a trip back to Ventura county, ill schedule another visit here for sure. I trust going to Ashwood dental!
  • Madyson
    Dr. Sargissian has been my dentist now for 4 years and my teeth and gums have never been healthier. I love coming into the office and seeing all of the friendly smiling faces. Brandy, the receptionist is so nice! She's very clear and detailed with appointments and what they entail. Emily the office manager is just so pleasant and sweet! She's also SO clear as far as treatment, costs and any other things I have questions about. The hygienists are very thorough and always leave my teeth and gums feeling brand new. I am usually very sensitive in the gums and never feel sore or in pain after my visits. The Dr is very careful and always goes above and beyond in my exams. He answers all of my questions and always makes sure I understand his answers which is very settling. Ashwood dental had helped me overcome my fear of the dentist! 5 stars!!!
  • Courtney
    Dr Sargissian and the staff are absolutely amazing people! Of course nobody necessarily likes going to the dentist, I usually would go in with a lot of anxiety but since switching to ashwood dental I really am happy about taking care of my dental health, I know without a doubt I'm in good hands. They're super clean, they take the time to explain to you the procedure and why it's important, and always make sure you're comfortable and not in pain, and they get it done fast! Thank you for making me feel so at home and for being so kind!
  • Purplebutterfly
    Still the best holistic dentist on the planet hands down!!! They take good care of you here and make you feel very comfortable and are honest with you about your dental needs. We have used him for years now. I recommend Ashwood dental Dr Sargissian to everyone. He is very passionate about his work, and he and his staff are always pleasant.
  • Kelley-Jo
    The staff at Ashwood Dental is extremely knowledgeable, helpful and personable. The equipment there is state of the art and the entire office is always very clean. I had issues with a back tooth for years. I went to Ashwood Dental to get a crown on that tooth. It has now been a few months since getting my crown and I am extremely happy with the results. Not only does the tooth look good, but I am able to chew on the left side again, which I have not been able to do in years!!! I am happy and would definitely refer anyone to Ashwood Dental.
  • Carlos
    I went into Ashwood Dental to have pretty extensive work done. I had neglected the dentist for many years and assumed my visit would be filled with bad news and pain.. there was some bad news, but Dr. Sargissian was able to alleviate all of my issues and I never felt any pain. I was treated with great care during my visits and felt like the doctor explained himself and the process very well. I felt no anxiety and no longer will put off my dental visits. 10/10 recommend Ashwood Dental
  • Marilyn
    I love this office. I've been coming here for a few years now since I moved to Ventura and it's been excellent! The staff is professional, well spoken, and just pleasant to be around. I would recommend Ashwood Dental for anyone who's ever been scared of going to the dentist. Their equipment is modern, quiet, and most importantly - not intimidating. I don't see myself going to another dentist anytime soon.
  • Nesta
    I have been going to Ashwood dental for the past 15 years. My experience at Ashwood dental keeps getting better. They have a great staff that greets you on the way in, cares for each patient's needs and make sure all went well on the way out. The staff is very helpful with any questions and go out of their way to make your visit to the dentist as pleasant as possible. Dr. Sargissian is a great human being and a great dentist. He takes his time and is very gentle with all his patients. I enjoy my conversations with Dr. Sargissian even though they are very short. I would not go anywhere else for my dental needs and would no hesitate to recommend everybody I know to do the same. Keep up the great
  • Daniel
    I really LIKE this place! They completely deserve their 5 Star Reviews. From the moment you call, to the manner in which they greet you, how they explain everything to you, and, of course, care for your mouth, they are superb the entire time. They are just plain lovely. I really enjoyed my first visit with them and look forward to many more. Thank you Ashwood Dental! Keep up the excellent work.
  • Ann
    I'm pretty terrified of dentists. The one I grew up going to is now retired and so I am apprehensive about going somewhere else. Staff had me laughing in the chair which was instantly relaxing. All the staff is so friendly and comforting once I said what I chicken I was. Headphones help. Dr. Sargissian explains everything very well. Dental hygienist is excellent and dare I say that I enjoyed my experience there?! I highly recommend this professional office where you are made to feel comfortable and welcome plus get excellent care. I had my mercury fillings removed and it was painless!
  • Kate
    What a great the dentist!. Extremely pleased with Ashwood Dental.. pleasant surroundings, very friendly efficient & professional staff, Dr S is amazingly gentle & is on the mark with latest procedures & dental care. And.. they're 'Green'. Very very happy to have them as my Tooth Fairy.
  • Allison
    I was in search of a holistic dentist and so had my first appointment yesterday at Ashwood Dental. I was pleased at the environment of the office (open and bright) as well as the treatment from the staff. Dr. Sargissian was patient and answered all my questions. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because my husband wasn't as impressed with how "salesy" the staff was about the mercury filling removal process.
  • Amanda
    I have been going to Ashwood Dental for over 15 years. I am very anxious when it comes to dental work, and Dr. Sargissian and his staff always make sure that I am comfortable. His hygienists and dental assistants are always very helpful, and gentle, which I greatly appreciate.
  • Spanish
    My first impression, I have to admit was by far the best. The whole staff was pleasant and made me feel at home. Thank you to my new dentist for giving me a better experience by keeping me calm and collected through my procedure. Definitely referring their office and look forward to continue giving them business. :)
  • Madyson
    Such an awesome dental experience. A girl by the name of Emily cleaned my teeth, and while usually, I leave the dentist angry and in pain due to my sensitivity, I left with a smile because Emily was so gentle and caring! I don't trust anyone else with these pearly whites!! go check out Ashwood Dental! their fast, caring and efficient service will make you glad you did!
  • Georgia
    After my dentist of 15 years retired, I was referred to Dr. Sargissian by a friend. I was thoroughly impressed with the office equipment, staff, and the doctor. Dr. Sargissian and his staff made me feel so comfortable and welcomed. They are all such genuine people and have found my new permanent doctor.
  • Michael
    Awesome staff, been going here for years. Love it!
  • A. O.
    I found Ashwood Dental on the internet while looking for a Holistic Dental practice in the Ventura County area. It was my goal to have some work done on my teeth, but to use the least intrusive methods possible, and still be able to feel like I was being taken care of. After consulting with two other dentists in the area, I decided to visit Ashwood Dental. The staff here goes out of their way to make sure that you have all of your questions answered and are completely informed about every step of the process. There are other good Holistic Dental practices in this area, but after my experience, I will be returning here again for future appointments.
    A. O.
  • Alicia
    Dr Sargissian and the entire staff are incredibly warm, friendly, professional and proactively helpful above and beyond. I went in as a new patient in tremendous pain with an infected tooth and they went out of their way to take amazing care of me. Thank you SO much everyone! I'm so happy I found you :)
  • Delaney
    I had a great experience. Love coming here. Love the friendly staff. Emily is so great and professional and friendly and so is Brandy. And Dr. Sargissian made my dentist appointment very pleasant and easy.
  • Raven
    I went into Dr Sargissian's office for a full exam and X-rays. I was so excited to find a holistic metal free office in Ventura! I had a great exam and also explained to the doctor that there were some imperfections in my smile that I was looking to fix. The doctor suggested I do an "Invisalign scan" to see what my smile would look like after orthodontic work. I was pleasantly surprised to learn how quick and easy the scan was. It took about 10 minutes. Judy scanned my entire smile and I was able to see a virtual representation of what my teeth would look like once I finished Invisalign. I am so excited to begin my ortho treatment! The technology at this office blew me away and it was so cool to be able to see what my finished product would look like before committing to the treatment. I would 10/10 recommend this office to anyone looking for orthodontic work WITHOUT metal braces.
  • Thomas
    I went in for some moldings and whitening for my teeth. The staff explained what the procedures were and that my visit shouldn't take very long. The staff was very friendly and helpful, especially Emily, she was the best. Overall it was a great experience
  • Drea
    This is a fantastic office, whether for yourself or your kids. The staff here take every effort to ensure your comfort and deliver superior customer service and professional dental care.
  • Shaun
    The Dentist and his staff are professional and kind. They take the time to get to know you and I have never felt as though they are recommending unnecessary procedures as I have experienced with other dental groups.
  • Andy
    Amazing! Everyone is so friendly. They took great care of me. I appreciated the extra COVID safety protocols.
  • CJ
    They are a really good dentists to go to , I recommend going there more , they take care of your teeth in a flash, making sure there nice an white :), first time going there an it is a really good dentist