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SMART Mercury Removal – Albuquerque, NM

Safe Removal of Toxic Metal Fillings

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Many dentists are willing to remove old mercury fillings in order to replace them with more attractive composite resin restorations. However, not all of them are SMART-certified. SMART is a special technique that protects patient safety to the highest degree possible during the mercury removal process. Dr. Giron is familiar with the SMART protocol and uses it to make sure her patients experience the safest, most holistic care possible in her office.

Why Choose ABQ Wholistic Dentistry for Mercury Removal?

  • SMART protocol protects patient safety
  • Prevent health problems associated with mercury
  • Replace old fillings with biocompatible restorations

What Is the SMART Technique?

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SMART is an acronym that stands for Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. It is important because amalgam fillings are about 50 percent mercury by weight. Without proper precautions during the mercury filling removal process, harmful vapors and particles may escape and pose a risk both to the patient and the dental team who is treating them.

The SMART process involves several protective measures. For example, the room must have a high volume air filtration system. The patient should also rinse with an adsorbent, (such as charcoal) that can absorb mercury vapors. A dental dam, a face and body covering, and saliva ejectors are a few more of the pieces of equipment involved in this delicate procedure.

Potential Risks of Mercury Fillings

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Removing mercury fillings safely is a complex process, but it is worth the time and effort. Such fillings can regularly release mercury vapors, and mercury is one of the most toxic substances on the planet. Inhaling those vapors may cause a slew of symptoms, including headaches, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, emotional problems, and more. The more mercury fillings a person has, the greater the chance that they will suffer from serious health issues as a result.

Mercury poisoning is not the only concern associated with amalgam fillings. The fillings can expand and contract in response to temperature changes, which places pressure on the nearby enamel and can lead to tooth breakage. The metal can also increase dental sensitivity and permanently stain the surrounding dentition.

Why Choose a SMART-Trained Dentist?

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A SMART-trained dentist uses techniques that are based on thorough scientific research. Every part of the SMART process is approved by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. Every dentist who uses SMART must complete extensive coursework and show that they fully understand everything that is involved in safe mercury removal. If you choose a dentist who has not undergone SMART training to take out your old fillings, you have no way of knowing if they are using techniques that adequately protect you from mercury exposure.

How Much Does It Cost to Remove Mercury Fillings?

The cost of removing your mercury fillings will depend on how many fillings you have, the size of the fillings, the health of the underlying teeth, and more. During your consultation, we will provide you with a straightforward estimate of how much it will cost to remove your mercury fillings and replace them with a non-metal alternative. Financing may be able to help you afford the mercury removal, and dental insurance may cover a significant portion of the cost of your replacement fillings.