iSmile Mathis Ferry Dentistry and Dr. Wendy Haefner follow all IAOMT protocol for Safe Amalgam Removal. Dr. Wendy is an accredited member of the IAOMT and SMART Certified.
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).To read the SMART protocol recommendations with scientific references,click here.
Note that due to mercury releases, polishing, placement, removal, or any disruption of a dental mercury amalgam filling should not be conducted upon patients who are pregnant or lactating and should not be done by dental personnel who are pregnant or lactating.
What are the mercury-free alternatives for dental amalgam fillings?
Obviously, once dental amalgams have been removed, they must be replaced with a different dental filling material. Most consumers choose direct composite fillings because the white coloring matches the tooth better and the cost is considered affordable.
Composite fillings have also been criticized because some of them contain the controversial material bisphenol-A (BPA). Dentists have a variety of opinions about the safety of BPA and other types of bisphenol, such as Bis-GMA and Bis-DMA. There has likewise been concern about glass ionomers, all of which contain fluoride.
Patients who are concerned about the ingredients in their dental materials often choose to speak with the dentist about using a material that does not contain ingredients. Dr. Wendy understands those concerns and has researched all materials she uses in the office and only works with Admira Fusion for her composite fillings. Admira Fusion which was released January 2016 by the dental company VOCO is reported to be ceramic and not contain Bis-GMA or BPA before or after it has been cured. For more information on the materials we use for fillings please click here.