If you have amalgam fillings in your mouth, then they probably contain mercury. Being exposed to mercury can be dangerous, not only for the patient but for the dentist and his staff in the treatment room when removing amalgam fillings.
To reduce the exposure, most dental practices, like New Teeth Dental Solutions in League City, TX, use the SMART protocol, which is an acronym for the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique.
This protocol calls for protecting everyone in the room by wearing gowns and shoe covers. The patient should also be covered completely to avoid mercury particulates from getting on their clothes or skin. Our dental personnel in League City in the room also need to wear gloves, hair coverings, and face shields.
Before the work begins on removing an amalgam restoration, the patient rinses their mouth and swallows a solution that contains charcoal, chlorella, or some other absorbent material. However, this concoction isn’t required because the patient can refuse to take it.
The room is required to possess an amalgam separator that captures the particles of the fillings during removal.
Our dentists at New Teeth Dental Solutions in League City, TX value our patients and use the SMART protocol to protect you from any exposure to mercury so that you remain healthy.