Understanding the benefits of safe mercury amalgam removal technique in Dothan, AL
Posted By Dr Nathan Pfister
Drs. Nathan Pfister and Brian Pfister are Dothan, AL area dentists who are well-educated on the harmful materials commonly used in dental work. Patients who visit Biodentist Alabama can enjoy safe and effective removal of silver amalgam fillings to replace with more reliable alternative materials such as composite resin fillings. This technique is known as the SMART technique and is put in action by the IAOMT, or “International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.” This organization understands the benefits of mercury-free dentistry and has developed protocols for the removal and replacement of these harmful fillings.
Understanding the benefits of safe mercury amalgam removal technique
Patients in the Dothan, AL community who are interested in replacing their silver amalgam fillings are encouraged to learn about the advantages of having them removed and replaced using the SMART technique. SMART stands for silver mercury amalgam removal technique and is a tried and true way to address these harmful materials.
The primary benefits include:
Having the procedure performed by accredited professionals for SMART
Removal of dangerous material in the smile
Replacement with a more aesthetic material
Removal of a material that can expand and contract and introduce bacteria into the natural tooth structure
Safety protocols set forth for the safety of everyone in the treatment room
Because silver amalgam fillings are comprised of 50% mercury, a substance that is not safe for the human body, they need to be removed in a way in which they do not release mercury vapors. These vapors can cause unwanted exposure to the dental staff and patients and result in mercury contamination. By following specific protocols from the IAOMT, dental professionals can reduce exposure and ensure that the procedure is done in a way that it protects those participating. When removing silver amalgam fillings, our dentists follow specific protocols. These include:
Using rooms with adequate filtration systems to remove amalgam particles and mercury vapors generated during mercury filling removal
Using an amalgam separator that is properly installed and maintained to collect waste
Offering patients, a slurry of adsorbent ingredients to rinse and swallow before the procedure
Wearing protective covers and gowns, as well as face shields, hair coverings, and non-latex nitrile gloves
Using a dental dam and saliva injector
Use of water to reduce heat
Compliance with the local, state, and federal regulations regarding the handling, cleaning, and disposal of mercury-contaminated items
Who can have silver amalgam fillings removed and replaced?
Almost all patients who have mercury amalgam fillings can have them removed safely with the team at Biodentist Alabama. However, it is not recommended that this procedure be done for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is for safety to ensure no contamination can harm the baby.
Does every dental practice follow these protocols?
Because not every practice understands the importance of safely removing silver amalgam fillings, our team stands out as a safe and appropriate office for the removal of these harmful substances. In fact, our team no longer places silver amalgam fillings and only uses composite resin, which continues to be the most popular way of treating cavities. Our biological practice focuses on using materials and techniques that meet the high standards of the IAOMT and other agencies, ensuring safety with the removal of unwanted materials. Patients who work with a dentist who does not use appropriate materials may be putting their smile at risk, especially if silver amalgam fillings are still the standard practice. By working with a biological dentist, patients can do what is best for not only their oral health but their overall health and wellness. Our practice is dedicated to safety and the use of materials that are appropriate for addressing areas of decay.
Request an appointment today with Biodentist Alabama
Drs. Nathan Pfister and Brian Pfister of Dothan, AL are excited to provide solutions for patients who have harmful silver amalgam fillings in their smile. Patients interested in learning more about this and other treatments available at the practice are welcome to book an appointment with our team today by calling (855) 939-5566. The office, conveniently located at 200 Parkwest Circle, Suite 1, is readily available to accept new patients and families seeking comprehensive dental care in the community.
Dr. Pfister's passion for non-invasive biologic dentistry began while practicing dentistry in Hawaii and he learned of the power of ozone in dentistry. From Hawaii, Dr. Pfister moved to his hometown of Upland as the protégé of the world-renowned ozone dentist Dr. Bill Domb...
Dr. Brian Pfister was born and raised in Upland, CA. He attended Brigham Young University-Idaho, graduating with a degree in exercise physiology with a minor in chemistry. From Idaho, Dr. Brian returned to southern California to continue dental training at Western University College of Dental Medicine.