WE ARE SMART PROTOCOL CERTIFIED TO REMOVE SILVER FILLINGS SAFELY; PROTECTING OUR PATIENTS AND THE PLANET
There are hundreds of dentists to choose from in our Chester County area. So, we at Massaro Family Dentistry appreciate that you have a lot of choices when it comes to the best “dental home” for your family in and around West Chester, Pennsylvania. Many dentists have stopped using amalgam “silver” fillings. Fewer still refrain from using silver-colored amalgam metal fillings AND know how to safely remove these fillings, which contain a known toxin: mercury.
Dr. Massaro has the notable distinction of being a SMART Protocol Certified Dentist. Due to this distinction, our office is proudly mercury-free and mercury-safe!
Often referred to as “silver fillings,” all dental amalgams consist of 45-55% metallic mercury.
Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) is a protocol developed through the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) to safely remove amalgam fillings and reduce mercury exposure to patients, doctors and clinical staff.
When an amalgam filling is drilled out, mercury particles can be aerated into the air surrounding the patient and clinicians. These particles, if breathed in, can be distributed throughout the body. The SMART protocol works to reduce your exposure to mercury vapors.
After a consult with one of our doctors, a personalized treatment plan can be created to map out the removal of your amalgam fillings. On the day of your removal, the following steps are performed:
1. Pre-treatment and post-treatment rinse with an activated charcoal.
2. A rubber dam (vinyl) is used to isolate the tooth and keep mercury particles from interacting with oral tissues.
3. Clean, mercury-free air is delivered via a nasal mask to prevent the inhalation of mercury particulates.
4. A high-volume external air suction is used to ensure the removal of any mercury particulates or vapors.
5. An ionizer is used to protect dental staff and patients from harmful mercury vapors associated with mercury-based amalgam fillings.
6. Protective garments and paper drapes are used to protect the patient, dentist and clinical staff.
7. In-office air purifiers are used to remove mercury particulates from the immediate surrounding.
8. A mercury separator collects particles from being released into the environment.