SMART Dentistry | Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique

Mercury is toxic. Why do you want it anywhere near your mouth?
Dr. Patel is a SMART certified mercury safe dentist. Find out more.

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Mercury Has No Place in Your Mouth

For decades, mercury amalgam was used by dentists to create “silver” fillings. But the dangers of mercury toxicity have been known for centuries.

Nearly 75% of adults have a mercury filling. Over time, mercury leaches into the body causing neurological, immunological, and endocrinological problems.

As an experienced dentist focused on my patient’s whole-body health, I am not willing to ignore the dangers of mercury amalgam fillings.

I completed the SMART certification program from The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and am one of few dentists in San Francisco qualified to safely remove amalgam fillings.

Keep reading to learn more about my commitment to mercury-free dentistry.

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What Does Dr. Patel’s SMART Certification Mean For You?

At Green Dentistry we take our patient’s health and safety very seriously. When removing fillings and restorations containing mercury we protect you by using:

  • Mercury-absorbing rinses that prevent you from ingesting any toxic materials
  • Full barriers that limit your mercury exposure
  • Powerful suction to quickly and effectively remove even the smallest bits of mercury-containing materials
  • High-tech filters that separate and safely store mercury for proper disposal

How to Safely Remove Mercury Fillings

At Green Dentistry, we love hearing from people who are interested in mercury amalgam removal. We can remove mercury fillings and replacing them with a healthy alternative. As a SMART-certified dentist, Dr. Patel takes great care throughout the removal of mercury fillings. Here’s what you can expect:

You’ll breathe filtered air during the procedure

A rubber dam will prevent you from swallowing mercury

A high-tech evacuator captures mercury vapor

We will clean and rinse your mouth during and after the treatment

Did You Know: Mad as a hatter

The dangers of mercury poisoning are not a new discovery. In Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter’s erratic behavior was caused by mercury exposure, a well-known affliction among hatmakers in the 19th century.

Alternatives to Mercury Amalgam Restorations

If you have mercury fillings in your mouth, don’t worry! There are great alternatives that will look better, last longer, and most importantly help you stay healthy and avoid the negative health effects caused by mercury exposure. At Green Dentistry we offer:

Metal-Free & Mercury-Free Fillings

Composite fillings look just like real teeth and are built to last for years. Unlike mercury fillings, they are completely non-toxic and require the removal of minimal natural tooth structure.
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CEREC Crowns

Custom made in minutes, CEREC crowns are amazingly durable and natural-looking restorations. They are made from non-toxic and biocompatible materials.
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Symptoms of Mercury Exposure & Toxicity


Muscle Weakness

Mood Swings


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