125 W. Wisconsin Ave. • Suite 102 • Pewaukee, WI 53072 • 262.737.4004

SMART: Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology updated their amalgam removal policy and renamed it the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique, or SMART, in July of 2016. Whole Health Biomimetic and Biological Family Dentistry is certified by the IAOMT in the SMART method of removal to promote healthier, safer dental choices for our patients.

The Dangers of Amalgam Fillings

Commonly referred to as silver fillings, amalgam fillings contain over 50% mercury and emit mercury vapors during placement, removal and all throughout the life of the fillings. Although many countries have taken measures to reduce or completely eliminate the use of mercury in dentistry, many dentists in the United States still choose amalgam as the filling material of choice.

Exposure to mercury has been linked to chronic illness, psychological issues, neurological concerns and respiratory problems among other health concerns. The number of fillings, existing medical conditions, and biological composition, along with habits such as tooth grinding, drinking hot drinks and certain activities can affect how much vapor is emitted by the fillings and how much each person is affected by it.

The SMART Removal Technique

A few of the protocols initiated by the SMART removal technique include:

  • Use of an amalgam separator and filtration system so as not to release mercury amalgam waste
  • Charcoal, chlorella or other absorbent rinse made available to the patient before the procedure
  • Protective gowns and covers for dentists, patients and anyone else in the room at the time of removal
  • External air or oxygen for the patient to avoid inhaling mercury vapor

Alternatives to Amalgam Fillings

The most popular alternative material for fillings is direct composite because it matches the color of the tooth best and is moderately priced. Studies have determined that composite material is just as durable as amalgam contrary to myths that said otherwise. If patients are still concerned about the safety of filling materials, biocompatibility testing is available to help determine which materials are safest for their unique biological composition.

To schedule an appointment to have amalgam fillings removed or biological compatibility testing, call our office today at 262-264-7711.

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