Safe Amalgam Removal
ME Dental Practice has two environmentally friendly practices our Toowoomba Dental Practice and Highfields Dental Practice are certified by the eco dentistry association and as such we don’t use dental amalgams.
Dental amalgams have been banned or restricted in some countries, and in Australia there is still an extensive debate about the safety of dental amalgam fillings.
At the moment the decision of whether or not to use amalgam fillings is still a decision between the patient and the dentist. We follow very strict rules for amalgam removal and waste disposal to prevent mercury contamination for our patients, our team and the environment. We have researched and acquired the technology and the protective equipment to do these procedures safely.
If you are concerned about the presence of mercury in your fillings and want them replaced, you need to know that some precautions must be taken at the time of drilling them out to prevent the contact with this heavy metal.
Our practices have been designed keeping this in mind. The suction equipment and the air compressor are located outdoors. This means that the contaminated air that is suctioned during the amalgam removal or during any other restorative procedure (containing mercury vapors, different germs and substances) will not re-enter the practice environment through the air compressor or through direct release into the air to be distributed by the air conditioning system to every room of the practice.
We consider these precautions a very important factor in preserving everyone's general health inside and outside of the treatment room.
If you have questions about mercury toxicity, we think that is a very genuine concern and we are very happy to discuss this with you. To review our Holistic + Green Dentistry information click here or you can find out more here: http://www.iaomt.org and www.ecodentistry.org.