Family Dentist Kelowna Services

Smart Mercury Amalgam Removal (Silver Fillings)

Do you have silver fillings? What are they doing to your health?

With the potential health risks of mercury becoming well known, many people are seeking the removal of their silver fillings. At dental office in West Kelowna, we are SMART certified and can assist in safely removing silver fillings in a way that protects both the patient, and our staff, from mercury exposure.


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What is SMART and why is it important?

SMART is a certification provided through the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, or IAOMT. SMART stands for the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique.

Following a SMART procedure when dealing with amalgam removals ensures that both the patient, and the dental team, are well protected from the release of mercury during and after the treatment.

Complying with federal, provincial, and local regulations and using the latest technologies ensures that all necessary precautions are taken and that you are safe from all risk, from start to end of the procedure.

Steps we take to reduce exposure to toxins during treatment

  1. To protect the patient during the procedure, a full-body impermeable barrier is used. Our dental team will wear protective masks, face shields, hair covers, and gloves.
  2. The amalgam is cut into large chunks in order to minimize mercury vapor exposure and reduce drilling.
  3. A charcoal rinse may be given prior to the procedure to ensure that any mercury particles passing through the mouth are captured and later eliminated.
  4. We cover the patient’s nose with an impermeable barrier, like an oxygen mask so they don’t inhale any of the amalgam vapors during the procedure.
  5. A latex dental dam will be placed and securely sealed in the mouth to isolate the teeth being treated and prevent particles from falling inside the mouth.
  6. An air filtration system will be used in the treatment room. When possible, we work with open windows as well.

Steps on how we remove silver fillings

  1. To protect the patient during the procedure, a full-body impermeable barrier is used. Our dental team will wear protective masks, face shields, hair covers, and gloves.
  2. The amalgam is cut into large chunks in order to minimize mercury vapor exposure and reduce drilling.
  3. A charcoal rinse may be given prior to the procedure to ensure that any mercury particles passing through the mouth are captured and later eliminated.
  4. We cover the patient’s nose with an impermeable barrier, like an oxygen mask so they don’t inhale any of the amalgam vapors during the procedure.
  5. A latex dental dam will be placed and securely sealed in the mouth to isolate the teeth being treated and prevent particles from falling inside the mouth.
  6. An air filtration system will be used in the treatment room. When possible, we work with open windows as well.

Kelowna dentist offering silver fillings removal

What keeping silver fillings could mean for your health 

Mercury (which makes up 50% of amalgam fillings) is highly toxic and even little bits of it released into the bloodstream can cause it to travel to the entire body. Possible health risks due to the exposure to mercury over time include:  

  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Tremors
  • Endometriosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin rashes
  • Loss of coordination
  • Impairment of speech, hearing, and/or sight
  • Muscle weakness and atrophy
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Kidney malfunction
  • Respiratory distress

Schedule an appointment with our team

If you would like more information regarding the safe removal of amalgam fillings, don’t hesitate to ask.

Schedule an appointment with us today for general inquiries or consultations about the SMART treatment and we can help you to ensure that your health remains optimal!