Protecting you during mercury amalgam removal - the SMART amalgam removal protocol
Posted By Dr. Jeanne Anne Krizman
Metal amalgam fillings were the mainstay in dentistry for many decades. However, health-conscious patients have become increasingly aware of the risks of metal amalgam for overall health and wellness due to its high mercury content. Many people are interested in replacing their metal amalgam fillings with a biocompatible option such as composite resin. At Tucson Biological Dentistry in Tucson, Arizona, our biological dentists follow the SMART amalgam removal protocol set forth by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). Read on to learn more about the steps we take to ensure your safety, the safety of our team, and the environment throughout the mercury amalgam removal process.
Boosting your body’s natural detoxification processes
Before you come in for your amalgam removal procedure, we will ask you to start a vitamin C protocol, which helps your body’s cellular and tissue detoxification processes. Additionally, just before your treatment, we will provide you with a slurry of activated charcoal with which to rinse your mouth. Activated charcoal is a porous substance with a negative electrical charge used in a wide variety of applications to trap toxins, chemicals, gases, and other molecules. In the metal amalgam removal process, the activated charcoal binds to any mercury released, preventing your body from absorbing it. We will also use ozonated water to minimize and flush away mercury particles throughout the amalgam removal process.
State-of-the-art purification technologies
We have equipped our practice with several technologies that enable us to remove mercury safely and effectively, including:
Dental HG FlexVac™, which suctions mercury particles away from your mouth to prevent you from inhaling or absorbing them
IQ air filters
High volume evacuation clean-up handle, which helps escort mercury particles from the filling directly into a suction tube
Additionally, we take several other precautions throughout the procedure, such as using high-quality personal protection equipment for both the patient and staff and using safe mercury disposal practices. To learn more about safe mercury amalgam removal, don’t hesitate to call us at (520) 326-0082. We are happy to answer your questions and explain our procedures to ensure your health and safety.
Top notch staff and services. I'm so happy to have found Dr Krizman and her team of highly skilled professionals who are genuinely interested in helping people with their dental and overall health. They treat the whole person and use the latest technology and techniques to do this. I feel well cared for in each visit.