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mercury removal

We follow the suggested guidelines provided by the IAOMT:

  1. Cut and chunk the amalgam (Mercury) filling and keep it cool. Sectioning and removing large chunks greatly reduces the exposure Constant water spray while cutting will keep the temperature down and reduce vapor pressure within the mercury.

  2. Suction. Accomplished with high volume evacuation (HVE) close to the area of operation.

  3. Rubber Dam. The rubber dam will help contain the majority of the debris of amalgam grinding and can help with the reduction of mercury vapors absorbed.

  4. Cover the Skin. Covering the patients face with a barrier will prevent splattered amalgam particles from landing on the skin or the eyes.

  5. Supplemental Air. Positive pressure oxygen respiration device to ensure that the patient does not have to breathe air directly over the mouth during amalgam removal is used.

  6. Supplemental Evacuation. Simply moving air away from the operative field can be effective in the reducing mercury exposure. The patient will hold the vacuum hose under their chin as the amalgam fillings are removed and will thus help in reducing the mercury vapor.

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