Mercury-Safe, Mercury-Free Dentistry
Mercury is harmful to human health and the environment. It is continuously released from amalgam fillings, and it is absorbed and retained in the body, particularly in the brain, kidney, liver, lung, and gastrointestinal tract. Although a number of other countries have banned or limited the use of silver amalgam fillings, dental mercury is currently used on about 45% of direct dental restorations worldwide, including in the USA.
Removal of silver dental amalgam fillings without safety measures can potentially result in everyone in the dental room exceeding the safety limit of mercury exposure. The amount of mercury released from fillings depends on the number of fillings a patient has and other circumstances, such as chewing, teeth-grinding, and the consumption of hot liquids. Mercury is also known to be released at higher levels during the placement, replacement, and removal of dental mercury amalgam fillings.
While “mercury-free” dentists no longer place amalgam fillings and use available mercury-free alternatives, “mercury-safe” dentists apply special techniques to remove existing amalgam fillings. Based on up-to-date scientific research, the IAOMT has developed rigorous recommendations for removing existing dental mercury amalgam fillings to assist in reducing the potential negative outcomes of mercury exposure to patients, dental professionals, dental students, office staff, and others. The IAOMT’s recommendations are known as the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART).
Dr. Porcelli is SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique ) certified by IAOMT. Dentists who have obtained SMART certification from the IAOMT have completed coursework related to mercury and the safe removal of amalgam fillings. The educational programming includes learning about the application of the rigorous safety measures, including the utilization of specific equipment.
New Patients Welcome
We welcome patients from other dental practices across the nation who are specifically looking to have their amalgams safely removed and replaced with BPA-free white composite fillings. Our office offers state-of-the-art equipment to offer you not only the safest amalgam removal, but also a comfortable environment and high quality care.