I keep hearing the phrases mercury free dentist and mercury safe dentist tossed around. What is the difference?
Paul P. – New Hampshire
The terms can be confusing. Mercury free dentist is pretty self explanatory. These dentists don’t use fillings that contain mercury. Over 50% of dentists fall into this category these days. However, the more we learn, the more we know that you need to take certain precautions when removing the silver fillings a person has. You don’t want the person to ingest any of the mercury during the removal process. you also want to elminate as much of the mercury vapors as is possible.
Mercury safe dentist is a fairly new term. It refers to dentists who take those precautions. It’s generally called a sanitary amalgam removal. If you don’t need any amalgam fillings removed, you’ll be perfectly fine with either a mercury free or a mercury safe dentist. If, however, you are looking to have some of your old silver fillings removed, then I highly suggest you ask your dentist is they practice sanitary removal.
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