To practice more environmentally friendly procedures, Dynamic Dental Wellness employs amalgam free and mercury safe dentistry. This means we never place mercury silver amalgam fillings in our patients mouth and if we must remove any mercury silver amalgam fillings, we follow SAFE MERCURY REMOVAL PROTOCAL by IOAMT. We follow protocols and research done by the following organizations:
When amalgam is used in dentistry, an amalgam separator is necessary to remove the amalgam waste particles from the dental office’s wastewater so that it does not infiltrate the dental unit vacuum lines. If the amalgam waste enters the vacuum lines, there is a possibility it can be discharged into the public sewer system. Using an amalgam separator helps reduce the waste discharge and reduce the mercury concentration in local wastewater treatment plants.
These practices help to minimize the concentration of mercury in sludge and helps us to practice greener dentistry efforts. This is a holistic effort that allows us to practice healthier dentistry for our patients and for the environment. Not only is amalgam removed as a potential threat to the water supply, but the threat for mercury poisoning in patients is lowered. We are SMART certified by International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology to remove and replace any mercury amalgam silver fillings in patients that wish to switch to a healthier material for their fillings.
Removing mercury amalgam fillings must be done by a certified practitioner. Unsafe removal of amalgam fillings can generate toxic amounts of mercury vapor, much more than the maximum level of mercury vapor allowed by regulations. Patients must be protected from exposure to these toxic vapors during the removal process. Our mercury safe dentists at Dynamic Dental Wellness have the proper skills necessary to perform this type of removal in order to keep the patient safe from any toxic side effects.
At Dynamic Dental Wellness, we are certified by International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology for Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal that protects the patient, as much as possible, from unnecessary and excessive exposure to mercury during filling removal. We practice mercury-free, mercury-safe, and biological/biocompatible dentistry through research, development, education. Because of the objectives and knowledge base, the IAOMT is very concerned about exposure to mercury when 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, and this is potentially harmful to patients, dentists, dental workers, and their fetuses.
Based on up-to-date scientific research, the IAOMT has developed rigorous recommendations for removing existing dental mercury amalgam fillings to assist in reducing the potential negative health outcomes of mercury exposure to patients, dental professionals, dental students, office staff, and others. The IAOMT’s recommendations are known as the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART).
Amalgam separators are devices that are installed on dental unit vacuum lines in order to catch all waste amalgam and other solid materials, before it is discharged into the public sewer system. The main reason why it is now important to reduce amalgam waste discharge from dental office comes from the urgency of local wastewater treatment plants to lower their mercury output.
The American Dental Association’s “Best Management Practices for Amalgam Waste“(BMPs) include the use of amalgam separators. Although there is no national regulation requiring the installation of amalgam separators, here at Integrative Center, we practice Green Dentistry and want to take great care of our patients and environment.