Did you know that Dr. Jones is SMART Certified? SMART is the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique, which is a set of safety measures to reduce mercury exposures during dental amalgam filling removal. These safety measures were developed as a result of scientific research collected by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).
Read on to learn more about this extensive training and process.
The IAOMT safe amalgam removal protocol recommendations were most recently updated on July 19, 2019. Also, on July 1, 2016, the IAOMT protocol recommendations were officially renamed as the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART), and a training course for IAOMT dentists to become certified in SMART was initiated.
All dental amalgam restorations contain approximately 50% mercury, (1) and reports and research are consistent that these fillings emit mercury vapors. (2-16)
Scientific research demonstrates that dental mercury amalgam exposes dental professionals, dental staff, dental patients, and/or fetuses to releases of mercury vapor, mercury-containing particulate, and/or other forms of mercury contamination. (4-48)
Furthermore, mercury vapor is known to be released from dental mercury amalgam fillings at higher rates during brushing, cleaning, clenching of teeth, chewing, etc., (5, 14, 15, 24, 30, 49-54) and mercury is also known to be released during the placement, replacement, and removal of dental mercury amalgam fillings. (2, 25, 28, 29, 32, 36, 41, 45, 46, 55-60)
Utilizing the available scientific evidence, the IAOMT has developed extensive safety recommendations for removal of existing dental mercury amalgam fillings, including detailed protective measures that are to be utilized for the procedure. The IAOMT’s recommendations build upon traditional safe amalgam removal techniques such as the use of masks, water irrigation, and high volume suction by supplementing these conventional strategies with a number of additional protective measures, the need for which have only recently been identified in scientific research.
To learn more about SMART and to see videos of SMART being applied in practice, visit www.thesmartchoice.comTo Learn the facts about dental mercury from the IAOMT, visit: https://iaomt.org/resources/dental-mercury-facts/
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