Mercury Filling Removal

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 endocrine 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.

The Green Dentistry Difference

At Green Dentistry, we strive to build life-long relationships with our patients to help them feel secure about their smiles today and for many years to come. We want our patients to feel confident in the work we do together to give them not only beautiful smiles but also functionality and oral health to last a lifetime. We are also proud to give back — to people who are in need and to the environment that surrounds us. We are excited to make you the newest member of our holistic dental care family.

SMART Mercury Removal

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 replace 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:

1. You’ll breathe filtered air during the procedure

2. A rubber dam will prevent you from swallowing mercury

3. A high-tech evacuator captures mercury vapor

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


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.

CEREC Crowns

Custom made in minutes, CEREC crowns are amazingly durable and natural-looking restorations. They are made from non-toxic and biocompatible materials.

Symptoms of Mercury Exposure & Toxicity


Muscle Weakness

Mood Swings


Your Comfort Matters to Us

Our Union Square dentist in San Francisco ensures our office is a place where you can relax and put your health and wellness first, allowing yourself recovery and restoration. We provide a number of spa-like services to our patients in order to relieve discomfort and improve relaxation, such as:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Neck wraps and heated blankets
  • Healing with essential oils and crystals
  • Noise-cancelling headphones

New Patient? We’ll Plant a Tree In Your Honor

We believe in “green dentistry with a green thumb.” Let’s work together to help improve the environment and fight climate change.

Every year, your tree will:

  • Produce 260 lbs of fresh oxygen
  • Remove 25+ lbs of carbon from the atmosphere
  • Provide shade and habitat for birds, squirrels, and other animals

Help us make a difference!

The best dental care in the San Francisco Bay Area!

We look forward to welcoming you and helping you on your journey to an amazing smile and life-long health!

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Dr. Nammy Patel and her team at Green Dentistry in Downtown San Francisco, California, provide quality dentistry with a holistic approach. They offer their patients exceptional care and service in cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign treatment, laser dentistry, sleep apnea treatment, general holistic dentistry and so much more. They even offer sedation dentistry to their patients. They serve patients throughout the Bay Area. SF Green Dentist is in walking distance from Downtown, the Financial District and zip codes 94108, 94109, 94103, 94104 and 94133.