For many decades, dentists have used mercury amalgam as a material to fill cavities. However, health-minded patients may be concerned about the potentially toxic effects of these materials in their mouths. At Dentistry by Shane Nelson, patients in Overland Park, Leawood, Olathe, Lenexa, Mission, and the surrounding KS communities can rely on Dr. Nelson for safe mercury removal.
Mercury in dental amalgam
Dental amalgam is a very versatile material that effectively fills teeth, which is why it has been so pervasively used. However, it is composed of approximately 50 percent mercury by weight. While amalgam is considered safe by the FDA, it has also been classified as a toxic substance by the World Health Organization and it can cause a number of severe deleterious adverse health effects.
The SMART amalgam removal protocol
Dr. Nelson is one of only four certified IAOMT SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) dentists in Kansas. This program was developed to provide rigorous standards for the safe removal of mercury amalgam from patients’ teeth so that neither patients, dental professionals, nor the environment are harmed during the removal process. Dr. Nelson has equipped his office with the specialized equipment necessary to follow this stringent protocol, which includes the following safety precautions, among others:
- Using an impermeable barrier around the area that is being treated to avoid unnecessary exposure in other parts of the patient’s mouth
- Providing the patient with external oxygen to prevent accidental inhalation of mercury vapor or particles
- Wearing protective gowns for the dentist, staff and patient, as well as nitrile gloves and proper head/hair coverings
- Using filtration and ventilation to remove mercury vapor and particles from the air
- Collecting mercury amalgam waste separately from other materials and disposing of it properly
- Using techniques to reduce the amount of heat that is generated
Patients seeking a mercury safe dentist in the Overland Park, KS area will find compassionate, gentle, holistic dental care at Dentistry by Shane Nelson. If you are concerned about the potentially toxic effects of mercury and are interested in learning more about our safe amalgam removal process, call us today at (913) 297-7800.