Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) is a safety protocol from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that while mercury amalgam has been used for filling teeth for decades, it poses health risks. Therefore, patients must be very careful while filling and Amalgam Removal Dubai. This page discusses how a dentist removes mercury according to the SMART protocol.
Table of Contents
- 1 Mercury Dental Amalgam
- 2 SMART for Toxic Mercury Filling Removal
- 3 Candidacy Criteria
- 4 Pre-Procedure Care
- 5 Procedure
- 6 Post-Procedure Care
- 7 Benefits
- 8 Cost of the Treatment
- 9 SMART – Dental Amalgam Removal FAQ’s
- 10 Consult an Expert
Mercury Dental Amalgam
Tooth decay is likely to occur to anyone at any time. A dentist can replace the decayed portion with a long-lasting material to avoid further tooth damage. This dental amalgam, also known as silver fillings, was previously composed of mercury amalgam. Mercury acts as one of the active ingredients along with copper and silver to make these fillings.
According to the National Health Services (UK), mercury fillings are now marked as potentially dangerous for a person’s health. They recommend using dental fillings made of cast gold, silver amalgam, and composite fillings for this purpose.
SMART for Toxic Mercury Filling Removal
Since mercury-based amalgam fillings are harmful, they must be replaced with composite dental filling approved by the FDA, NHS, or FDI.
The Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) process should be performed with great care. Mercury particles can spread into the patient’s mouth or nose and also affect other people in the room.
SMART is one of the leading protocols to avoid possible risks during the removal of this filling. Our dental surgeons are specially equipped and trained in cosmetic dentistry at Euromed Clinic Center to carry out this procedure.
Generally, anyone who wants to have Amalgam Removal Dubai can undergo it. However, some candidacy criteria should be considered. You can be a good candidate for SMART if the following apply to you:
- People who have mercury amalgam dental filling.
- Those who do not want to compromise their safety.
- People who want to get rid of harmful mercury dental fillings.
- Those who know the risks of having mercury amalgam filling.
Patients do not have to make any special preparations before having this treatment; because it is a very simple treatment. Generally, the dentist provides patients with pre-procedure instructions. The procedure goes smoothly if candidates follow the instructions of their dentist before the procedure.
At Euromed Clinic, our dentists follow all SMART guidelines from IAOMT to remove amalgam from the teeth. We have all the necessary machines, equipment, and tools to perform this procedure.
The step-by-step procedure is as follows:
The initial preparation is an important part, and we try to ensure the following precautionary measures before we get started:
- The dentist, dental staff, and the patient cover themselves with protective gowns.
- The dentist and dental staff wear non-latex nitrile gloves to avoid mercury contamination. They also wear activated charcoal masks, head coverings, and face shields.
- After this, the patient’s face and other body parts are covered with an impermeable barrier.
- To avoid inhalation of mercury particles, a nasal mask is used to deliver external oxygen to the patient. Alternatively, a nasal cannula can be used.
- The patient’s mouth is sealed properly using a non-latex nitrile dental dam.
- To avoid inconvenience, saliva ejectors will be inserted under the dental dam.
It is important to use thin drills during the procedure to remove mercury as a single large piece. Candidates can achieve this goal by trying to separate amalgam from the tooth. By doing so, the risk of dividing mercury into small particles reduces. Moreover, the procedure uses a large quantity of water to reduce the heat level produced during the procedure. Furthermore, the dentist uses a conventional high-speed evacuation device to gather mercury particles to reduce mercury levels in the surroundings.
Final Teeth Cleaning
After removing the amalgam, the doctor will flush the mouth thoroughly with water, followed by rinsing it with charcoal. All items that have been contaminated with mercury will be disposed of properly. It includes instruments, containers, clothing, and equipment. After the procedure, the dentist will thoroughly clean all the items not directly exposed to mercury.
The patient will stay safe during the treatment, and there is not much care required afterward. However, the new filling will require the patient not to chew hard items for a few days.
Amalgam Removal Dubai has numerous benefits. Some of these benefits are as follows:
- Candidates’ health is no longer at risk due to the presence of mercury in their mouths.
- The presence of an alternative filling material gives peace of mind to the patient.
- Replacement fillings perfectly resemble teeth color, and that look natural.
Cost of the Treatment
Each person has distinct concerns and goals, which means there are different treatment scopes for each patient. Furthermore, the following factors also influence the SMART’s cost:
- Size of each mercury filling(s)
- Location of the metal filling(s)
- Number of fillings to be removed
- Desired results
- Clinic’s location
- Dentist’s expertise
If you want to find out the exact Amalgam Removal Cost in Dubai, get in touch with us. We can share pricing details if you visit us for a short consultation.
SMART – Dental Amalgam Removal FAQ’s
Is it safe to have amalgam fillings removed?
Removal involves risks but there are safer ways using which one can reduce possible risks. Safe protocols have been designed to remove dental fillings that can harm the mouth and other areas. Make sure your dentist use the safest protocols for filling removal.
Which dental filling is the safest?
Amalgam dental fillings or silver fillings are among the safest options. Researchers have elaborated that these fillings are durable and safe. In general, copper, silver, mercury, tin, and other metals can be used to make this type of dental fillings.
Is dental amalgam safe?
Yes, it is a safe and long-lasting option because the metals used to make amalgam dental fillings are safe to be used inside the mouth. Copper, silver, mercury, tin and other metals can be used to make them.
How are fillings removed?
A specific method of dental filling removal should be used based on the type of dental filling that needs to be removed. If you want to have your dental fillings removed, make sure your dentist uses safe protocols to do that.
Consult an Expert
In essence, SMART is the smart choice when it comes to removing mercury fillings. You can speak to one of our dentists who performs SMART at Euromed Clinic Center. Please schedule an appointment with us by calling our number or filling the online form to get a consultation for dental filling removal.