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Consider Safe Amalgam Removal with a SMART-Certified dentist

For years, amalgam (silver-colored) fillings were the go-to treatment for cavities and minor dental decay. While metal fillings are excellent in cavity treatment, they pose safety concerns because of their high mercury content. Today, health-conscious patients are concerned about toxic materials in their mouths. So, if you have amalgam fillings in your mouth, you may contact Dentiq in Greenmeadows, Napier, for safe amalgam removal. Drs. Sundar Jagadeesan and Paola Fenton are trained to observe strict protocols when removing mercury fillings from the mouth.

The SMART amalgam removal procedure

Our doctors have been rigorously trained to use the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) protocol established by the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology). The SMART protocol ensures we safely remove amalgam fillings so that neither the patient, dental personnel, nor the environment is harmed during the procedure. 

Our SMART-Certified dental team follows these safety precautions to minimize mercury vapor exposure during amalgam fillings removal:

  • We examine your overall oral health and the condition of your fillings to determine any potential risks involved with removal
  • Before the procedure, the patient and dental personnel must wear protective gear to minimize mercury exposure. We use a dental dam or isolation system for the patient to prevent inhalation or ingestion of mercury particles. The patient also wears a nose mask to avoid breathing in the mercury fumes. The dental personnel use gloves, gowns, head coverings, and masks to optimize safety
  • We’ve equipped our office with proper ventilation systems to ensure that mercury vapors or particles are effectively removed from the air to reduce exposure
  • Instead of drilling, we cut the amalgam fillings into large chunks to minimize vaporization. We use a high-speed vacuum and copious amounts of cold water to dilute the mercury fumes during this process. Furthermore, we use different suctions to collect saliva and amalgam pieces while filtering the room to eliminate mercury vapors in the air
  • After removing the metal fillings, we flush the patient’s mouth with water before using a slurry of charcoal to rinse the mouth
  • Then, we replace the mercury fillings with safe and biocompatible materials such as composite resin
  • We follow strict procedures to handle, clean, and dispose of mercury-contaminated equipment and clothing

The IAOMT doesn’t recommend amalgam removal for pregnant women or those breastfeeding. As responsible dental practitioners, we strictly follow the rigorous IAOMT protocols and recommendations for a safe and effective outcome.

Mercury fillings removal near me

Worried about the potential toxicity of mercury fillings in your mouth? Schedule an appointment with Dentiq of Greenmeadows, Napier, by calling 06 880 6161.

Our team is experienced in SMART amalgam removal and is ready to make a health-defining difference for you. Take charge of your well-being today – visit us and experience our dental care firsthand!

Dr. Sundar Jagadeesan Dr. Sundar Jagadeesan received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2002 from the TN Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai, India. He completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Oral implantology in 2007 from the Manipal University, Manipal India. In 2008 he decided to move permanently to Aotearoa, New Zealand. And since then, he has been in private practice in different parts of the country, from West Coast to Waikato and now in Hawkes Bay.

In 2015 Dr. Sundar embarked on a journey of learning at the world-renowned Kois Center in Seattle, USA. Here he learnt under the tutelage of Dr John C Kois, DMD MSD. The Kois Center is the only continuing education program in the world conducting and publishing independent research. Every course is updated each year based on new scientific evidence. Dr. Sundar continues his learning at the Kois Center each year to bring the best evidence-based dentistry to Hawkes Bay.

Dr. Sundar and his family have been living in Hawkes Bay since 2012 and love the area. The family is complete with their beloved golden retriever, Maple. Dr. Sundar’s family’s love for Hawkes Bay resulted in his parents and siblings moving to sunny Hawkes Bay too.

He is delighted to meet you as you visit Dentiq, your first step towards better oral and overall health.

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