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Janssen Dental Clinic is SMART about amalgam removal safety procedures

The issue of whether or not to remove those old silver amalgam fillings often comes down to one simple question: are they still in good shape or are they cracked and showing signs of wear? Janssen Dental Clinic in Green Bay is a leader in the safe removal of amalgam fillings that have outlived their usefulness. Dr. Craig Janssen follows the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology’s (IAOMT’s) Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) to provide patients and staff with state-of-the-art safety when it comes to preventing mercury exposure. “If the amalgam fillings your dentist used to fix tooth decay years ago are still doing their job, you may want to consider leaving them be for now,” Dr. Craig states. “However, if those amalgam fillings have begun to break down, the time may be right for a consultation about removing them.”

SMART aims to minimize mercury exposure from amalgam fillings removal

Amalgam fillings are comprised of about 50 percent mercury and the remainder silver and other metals. Sometimes referred to as silver fillings because of their color, amalgam fillings were the material of choice of decades because of their ability to mold securely to teeth and replace dental material affected by decay. However, the presence of mercury in amalgam fillings has become a source of concern over recent years. Many dentists, including Dr. Craig, have transitioned to using a composite resin as their filling material of choice. Removing amalgam fillings when appropriate brings the potential for mercury exposure, which is why Dr. Craig follows SMART protocols including the use of masks, water irrigation, and high-volume suction. “The IAOMT has developed these extensive safety recommendations as a result of scientific research that identified risks in amalgam filling removal,” Dr. Craig explains. “We typically recommend that patients leave intact amalgam fillings in place if there is no decay present, since the process of removing amalgam fillings may create unnecessary damage to your tooth as well as avoidable mercury exposure.” Contact Janssen Dental Clinic at 920-351-4577 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Craig to discuss whether amalgam fillings removal may be right for you.

About Janssen Dental Clinic in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Janssen Dental Clinic is led by Dr. Craig Janssen, a third-generation dentist serving patients in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the surrounding area. Dr. Craig and his staff specialize in reducing the fear and anxiety that people of all ages feel over going to the dentist, with services ranging from routine cleanings to restorative and cosmetic procedures. Call (920) 351-4577 to schedule an appointment. New patients are always welcome.

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