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Amalgam Fillings and the Environment

Does your dental practice use amalgam separators? Do you even know what these are? Most people do not. Amalgam separators are devices designed to remove amalgam waste particles from the wastewater generated from dental offices. The use of these devices is part of an effort to reduce amalgam waste discharge from dental offices, thereby reducing the concentration of Mercury (a known neurotoxin) in effluent from wastewater treatments plants and minimizing the concentration of Mercury in sludge.

For many years, amalgam fillings were the most common type of fillings used to treat dental cavities. For this reason, many Americans are walking around with amalgam fillings in their mouths. These fillings do not typically last forever. When they become loose, they need to be replaced. Additionally, many patients with amalgam fillings are electing to have their amalgam fillings removed and replaced with tooth colored fillings made from porcelain or composite resin due to safety concerns about Mercury exposure.

Without an amalgam separator, amalgam particles can be suctioned into the dental unit vacuum line and then discharged into the public sewer system. Currently, there is no national regulation requiring the installation of amalgam separators into dental offices. However, state and local requirements do exist in some specific areas of the country. Additionally, the American Dental Association’s “Best Management Practices for Amalgam Waste” includes the use of amalgam separators.

Many dental practices around the country have voluntarily elected to install amalgam separators in their offices. This is just one way that a proactive group of dentists are helping to protect the environment and its inhabitants. If you are concerned about this issue, contact your dentist today to find out how they deal with amalgam waste particles.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725

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Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
Roberto B.
Gold Stars on all fronts. The office is spotless, gives off a great vibe and has quiet soothing classical music playing. The front desk people are very warm and go above and beyond. Televisions are placed above the chairs so you can relax and watch TV while they work away under the hood. Dr. Park is very kind, thorough, and addressed all my concerns and questions.
Sure cleanings hurt a bit, but I actually look forward to them now!
Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
Dr. Park has a wonderful manner with her patients! I feel very fortunate to have her as my dentist. Her hygienists and office staff are very competent and kind. I would go nowhere else.
Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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