Learn about the SMART technique for removing dental fillings in Burr Ridge, IL
Dr. Janet Stopka is a biological dentist who ensures every treatment and technique performed in her dental practice in Burr Ridge is good for the smile and the body. When patients are faced with the removal of silver amalgam fillings within their smile, they need to consider a practice focused on providing appropriate services. Dr. Janet Stopka is proud to offer the SMART technique for silver amalgam filling removal.
What does SMART stand for?
SMART is an acronym for Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique.
What is the importance of the SMART technique?
SMART focuses on ensuring certain protocols are followed for the safety and wellbeing of everyone in the treatment room during the removal of silver amalgam fillings. These fillings are known for having approximately 50 percent mercury. Mercury is toxic to the human body and should never be used internally. The IAOMT, or International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, has set forth specific rules and standards for mercury removal. They include some of the following steps:
- Maintaining outside air sources in the treatment room
- Using amalgam separators to properly collect mercury
- Utilizing a special filtration system to eliminate particles and vapors
- Wearing proper protection including eye protection, surgical gowns, and gloves
- Cleaning the treatment area thoroughly following the procedure
By following these protocols, patients can rest easy knowing they are not subjected to the toxins released by their mercury fillings.
Visit a mercury-safe dentist today!
Dr. Janet Stopka proudly assists patients in many areas of Illinois, including Orland Park, Palos Heights, Oak lawn, Blue island, Alsip, and Crestwood. Her practice is in Burr Ridge at 16W289 83rd Street and can be reached by phone at 630 756-5844. Contact her front office team today to learn more about the benefits of removing silver amalgam fillings via the SMART technique.