Mercury free dentist in NC also offers safe removal of silver fillings
practice that is mercury-free is not the same as a practice deemed mercury-safe. The mercury in silver-colored amalgam fillings poses a threat to your health in a couple of ways:
- The body absorbs and retains mercury from amalgam fillings.
- Mercury is released as toxic vapors during the conventional process of drilling out fillings.
While some dentists don’t place restorations that contain mercury, not all of those dentists are truly “mercury-safe.” Safe practices follow “SMART,” the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique developed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology. SMART is a series of research-based recommendations for removing silver fillings, designed to reduce mercury exposure to patients and staff.
As a past-president, fellow, and current secretary of the IAOMT, Dr. Virtue follows this protocol when removing amalgam and replacing it with beautiful, biocompatible, metal-free materials. He also teaches new members mercury-safe dentistry. During your appointment:
- Amalgam is collected safely using a separator to minimize mercury released in wastewater.
- The treatment room is properly ventilated to reduce the mercury concentration in the air.
- An air filtration system removes vapor and particles produced during the process.
- Proper coverings are worn for protection from particles that can spread from the mouth to other parts of the body and to dental personnel.
- A vitamin C and n-acetylcysteine rinse helps reduce the risk of mercury absorption.
Since the removal of metal fillings should not be taken lightly, these precautions represent only a partial list of the ways Virtue Dental Care reduces exposure to mercury. Merely replacing the metal filling with a non-toxic, metal-free material does not address these unique health risks.
For mercury-free dentistry and Safe Mercury Removal in NC, turn to Virtue Dental Care. Virtue Dental Care Patients call (336) 679-2034 and New Patients call (336) 679-2034 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Virtue.