Mercury Safe Dentistry

Dr Pastorino recognises the impact of toxic materials and they can affect the general health. She is concerned about the integrity and health of the oral cavity and strives to find materials that are systemically compatible and safe for the environment. In our practice we do not use any mercury/silver fillings also known as amalgam fillings. Most people don’t realize that these fillings are composed of 50% mercury. Mercury is more toxic to humans and the environment than lead, cadmium or arsenic. No amount of mercury exposure is safe or harmless. Hence in this practice we use safe protocols to remove these fillings.

These include:

  • Utilizing an efficient suction system that contains the amalgam particles and mercury vapour.
  • Isolation of the involved teeth from the rest of the mouth with non-latex rubber dam to prevent ingestion of particles.
  • Applying copious amount of water, to minimise heat generation and subsequent mercury vapour.
  • Removing the amalgam in large segments to minimise mercury vapour generation.
  • Protect the environment by collecting old mercury particles and safely dispose of them.

Mercury Safe Dentistry

 

 

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