Dental fillings are used to seal a treated tooth after the removal of the infected or damaged structure. Once the tooth chamber is cleaned, a dental filling seals the tooth and prevents reinfection. Traditionally, teeth fillings were made of an amalgam metal material, which can contain almost 50% mercury. When accumulated in the body over time, mercury negatively affects the organs of the body. Dr. Chad Morris is a general dentist who provides mercury-free dental fillings in Zachary, LA. He can also safely remove old metal fillings and recommends replacing them with composite fillings to improve dental health, reduce risks and create a natural-looking smile.
What is SMART Protocol?
Dr. Morris has completed coursework from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. He is trained on removing mercury dental fillings using the Safe Metal Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART). This technique prevents mercury particles and vapors from affecting the body.
Inhaling mercury vapor can cause multiple problems, including:
- Mood swings
- Poor coordination
- Muscle weakness
- Kidney damage
Dr. Morris and his team take multiple precautions to prevent mercury exposure and inhalation. Before removing the metal fillings, Dr. Morris, his dental assistants, and his patient must wear eye protection and masks. During treatment, patients are provided oxygen through a nasal mask or cannula.
To prevent mercury ingestion, Dr. Morris places a rubber dam around the treatment area. Then, he removes the amalgam fillings in large chunks. Providing a continual water supply to the treated area, applying a high-volume suction, and using air filters also minimize mercury vapor. After the teeth fillings are removed, Dr. Morris thoroughly rinses out the patient’s mouth using an adsorbent.
Mercury-Free Dental Fillings
If a patient has just undergone a root canal or needs a replacement for their old metal fillings, Dr. Morris will recommend dental composite fillings. Also known as white fillings, these types of dental fillings use a tooth-colored composite resin material. These filings are just as durable as amalgam dental fillings. White fillings also easily blend in with the tooth and other natural teeth. Compared to amalgam fillings, composite fillings are safer and provide a more natural look.
Fluoride-free dentistry in Zachary
Dr. Morris does not use added fluoride or fluoride treatments to augment your dental care. There is increasing concern that overexposure to fluoride throughout our lives can have a detrimental impact on our health. As part of his advanced training at the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Dr. Morris has studied these effects and learned the benefits of good nutrition for supporting oral health. A healthy diet and lifestyle can help many patients avoid dental problems and other health-related concerns.
Our dental care team is ready and able to provide personalized oral hygiene care and advice so that you can enjoy a healthy smile and address concerns when they arise in a holistic manner.
Schedule a Dental Consultation
Do you have old dental fillings that need to be replaced safely? Call Morris Family Dentistry at 225.725.7565 or request a dental appointment with Dr. Morris on our website. Dr. Morris will create a customized treatment plan for you to ensure your health and comfort during your filling removal.