Being certified and performing the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique is an incredibly important part of our practice. Amalgam fillings contain roughly 50% elemental mercury, with other metals such as silver, tin, copper, and zinc. Research suggests these fillings release mercury vapor at rest and even more so while brushing, clenching or grinding, and chewing. There is an even higher incidence of mercury emission when these fillings are placed and ultimately when they are removed without proper protection.
Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART):
In 2020, the FDA issued updated guidelines for the placement of mercury fillings including, but not limited to:
what you need to know
Pregnant women and their developing fetuses
Women who are planning to become pregnant
Women who are breastfeeding
People with pre-existing neurological disease
People with impaired kidney function
According to the IAOMT and based on these recommendations by the FDA, more than half (60%) of the US population is at risk for adverse reactions from mercury exposure created by dental amalgam fillings. In every effort to protect you, our other patients, our staff and our families, we follow the SMART protocol set forth by the IAOMT. The IAOMT has developed a series of safety measures and precautions to be utilized throughout the procedure of removing amalgam fillings.