Many of our patients seek out Laser + Holistic Dental specifically to have their mercury fillings safely removed and replaced with modern, effective alternatives. We are proud to be the first dentist in Australia certified by the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology for the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART). Protecting our patients, our staff and the environment is critically important.
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- About Mercury Amalgam
- Safe Mercury Removal
- Mercury Free Dentistry FAQs
- Our Philosophy – Avoiding Toxins
It is documented scientific fact that ‘silver’ amalgam fillings contain about 50% mercury, and that mercury is a well known neurotoxin.1 The Laser + Holistic Dental Team believes that it is not in the interest of public health or the environment to use mercury based products – especially when they are being inserted into the mouth and remain there for many years.Unfortunately the dental profession has continued to use ‘silver’ amalgam fillings for dental restorations, despite the health and environmental risks.
“it is important to understand the process of safe mercury removal – minimising mercury exposure to the patient, the dental staff and the environment”
As more members of the public have become educated on the health issues of mercury exposure, through dietary sources such as fish – many have also made the connection that their ‘silver’ fillings pose toxic heavy metal exposure risk. Dentists at Laser + Holistic Dental have adopted the precautionary principle for more than 20 years choosing not to use amalgam fillings – preferring to use readily available cost effective, durable and cosmetically pleasing alternatives.
As more and more people are looking to have their mercury fillings removed it is important to understand the process of removing amalgams safely – minimising mercury exposure to the patient, the dental staff and the environment.Laser + Holistic Dental has strict protocols in place to minimise these risks. Our mercury amalgam filling removal process includes the following steps:
- Mandatory airway protection for patient and dental staff. Airway protection must cover the nose totally – nasal cannulas are inadequate for this purpose. Patients have a choice of either oxygen or nitrous oxide (happy gas).
- Eyes must be protected – for patients and dental staff alike.
- Laser + Holistic Dental uses a nitrile rubber dam (consistent with our latex free policy) to prevent mercury particles being ingested where they can be converted into methylmercury during the digestive process. Nitrile rubber dams also act as an additional protective measure for the airway, with studies showing an increased effectiveness of nitrile in blocking mercury vapour compared with latex products.2
- With strategic placement of suction both in front and behind the dam, our dentists can draw mercury vapour and particulate matter away from the patient airway.
- Laser + Holistic Dental staff use copious amounts of water whilst ‘chunking’ the amalgam filling, keeping it cool and reducing the amount of mercury vapour produced – which is increased under typical high speed drill removal procedures.
- We have amalgam separator machines installed to capture mercury waste, and preventing mercury entering the waterways. The waste is then collected by an authorised agent for toxic hazardous waste disposal.
To read more about Laser + Holistic Dental’s overall treatment philosophy – please read the related section on mercury under Avoiding Toxins available here.