SMART Mercury RemovalWilliamsville, NY
With SMART mercury removal, we can help to replace mercury amalgam fillings that may have treated cavities in the past. The acronym stands for the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. SMART mercury removal involves using techniques approved by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) to remove and dispose of mercury fillings. Doctor McCarthy believes that practicing mercury free/ mercury safe filling placement is very important.
SMART mercury removal is available at Shannon H. McCarthy DDS in Williamsville and the surrounding area. While mercury amalgam fillings are a common form of filling among general dentists, mercury is not healthy for the body and may cause issues over time. We can use SMART mercury removal to remove the amalgam and replace it successfully. Doctor McCarthy has taken the training passed the certification to become an accredited dentist through the IAOMT.
Call 716-689-8882 to set up an appointment with Dr. McCarthy, DDS to learn more about how we can remove mercury-containing fillings from your teeth and leave you mercury free and mercury safe.
How SMART Mercury Removal Works
Dentists have to earn a certification from the IAOMT to practice SMART mercury removal. For decades, fillings like silver amalgam that contained mercury were the norm, but that was before medical professionals realized how toxic mercury was. The slow release of mercury from fillings may cause health issues over time.
There is now a shift to using other filling materials like composites, especially since these alternatives usually provide better aesthetics as well. Silver amalgam fillings tend to have a dark greyish color that can be easily spotted when opening the mouth.
How Mercury in Fillings Impacts Your Health
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), trace amounts of mercury will not have a noticeable impact on a person's health, but higher concentrations can lead to issues like headaches, memory loss, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, and other health problems.
The removal of silver amalgam fillings can leave a patient exposed to mercury vapor, which is just as bad. We use specialized equipment to remove and safely dispose of fillings that contain mercury. Dentists have extra incentives to keep the patient's exposure to mercury to a minimum since they also face exposure to it during the procedure. Unlike the patient, the dentist might perform such treatments several times a day, increasing their exposure.
Alternatives to Mercury Amalgam Fillings
One regular option for filling materials is composite resin. Using them to fix cavities is inexpensive, and the composite can be color-matched to the patient's teeth. Composite resins do not contain any mercury or other metals, making them a viable option for repairing a decayed tooth.
Call Us Today
Call 716-689-8882 to learn more and get started with SMART Mercury Removal. Our team will get rid of your amalgam fillings and apply safer, more aesthetically-pleasing alternative fillings.