Whether you’re just familiarizing yourself with us through our website or you’ve been part of our dental family for a while, a couple of things are immediately apparent about your North Liberty team at Corridor Dental—we’re passionate advocates for both oral health and recognize how intricately tied it is to your overall wellness. That’s why we’re such strong proponents of biological dentistry, which is all about using techniques and materials that are more compatible with our anatomy and physiology. One material that isn’t compatible with your overall wellness is mercury, which is found in silver (amalgam) fillings. It’s important to note that the FDA and ADA still consider dental amalgam a safe restorative material.
The truth is, mercury has long been listed as a toxic substance, and we agree with the IAOMT that any amount of it taken into the body should be considered hazardous. It seems to serve its purpose by replacing tooth structure that’s been damaged by decay, but aside from it being a blight on your smile, amalgam fillings have been known to expand and contract with temperature changes in foods and beverages. Over time, this could lead to small fissures and cracks that allow infection to form in what’s left of your tooth—or go deeper.
This goes without mentioning the plethora of potential side effects you could experience as a result of mercury exposure and the other materials used in amalgam fillings being foreign to your mouth and body. For these reasons, Dr. Kriegel became SMART certified to help patients achieve a better state of oral health as well as a more beautiful smile.
Simply put, having a mercury amalgam filling removed exposes you to harmful mercury vapor (yep, all amalgam fillings contain approximately 50% mercury). We’re concerned with your safety as much as we are concerned with our own, which is why we perform this procedure in a mercury-safe environment, drastically reducing BOTH our exposures to harmful substances released.
For more information about the SMART protocol, why we believe it is a standard of care, and why you should choose a SMART certified dentist, we recommend reviewing these websites: