The Difference Between Mercury Free and Mercury Safe
In a world where we are exposed to various toxic chemicals, we may forget the ones already in our bodies – including mercury. As dental practices evolve beyond the standard mercury silver filling, there are new techniques to help manage the removal of mercury amalgams safely to ensure there is no exposure and health risk.
At Studio Z Dental, we firmly believe in being “mercury free”, and have been so since 2000. What does that mean for you? It simply means we do not offer silver fillings as part of our dental services. In addition, we have a very safe, simple amalgam removal procedure to help you transition to a mercury-free mouth with ease.
What is Mercury-Safe Amalgam Removal?
When mercury fillings are removed, there is an out-gassing that takes place during the grinding process. It’s unsafe for the patient and the dentist if not managed properly. We strictly follow the guidelines outlined by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology when removing old mercury fillings. That includes:
- Placing a rubber dam to isolate the tooth from the rest of the mouth
- Putting the patient on pure oxygen to ensure clean air intake
- Utilizing a high tech air purifier to suck in the mercury vapor for proper disposal
The whole mercury removal process is very safe, and it takes only a few minutes to remove an old filling. Studio Z Dental can also create a long-term removal plan for clients who wish to remove multiple fillings for a mercury-free mouth.
Keep in mind that Studio Z Dental is one of a very limited number of dental offices that offer this safe mercury removal procedure. If you are interested and want to know more about how the procedure is done, watch the video below.