Silver-colored fillings or dental amalgams are known to contain approximately 50% mercury. Mercury is continuously emitted from these filling materials and even intensified by chewing, grinding, or brushing your teeth! The mercury is then absorbed and retained by the body and can lead to a number of health risks. It is for those reasons that our office chooses to place the newer “tooth colored” or resin fillings. Not only are they more esthetic, they continue to improve in laboratory studies are said to last longer and are stronger than older types of fillings.  This material can be used in both front and back teeth.  We use the most biocompatible resins to minimize any chemical exposure.

Dr. Carver is SMART certified by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). Dentists who have obtained SMART certification from the IAOMT have completed coursework related to mercury and the safe removal of amalgam fillings, including two units consisting of scientific readings, online learning videos, and tests.  The educational programming includes learning about the application of the rigorous safety measures, including the utilization of specific equipment. Our office utilizes charcoal masks, special high speed suctions and a dental mercury vapor and oral aerosol vacuum system (DentAir Vac) to comply with IAOMT recommendations for the safe removal of amalgam fillings.

Video of mercury vapor being released from a 25 year old filling: