7001 W 121st St
Overland Park, KS 66209
Dental amalgam is comprised of approximately 50% of elemental mercury by weight. The chemical properties of elemental mercury allow it to react with and bind together the silver/copper/tin alloy particles to form an amalgam. FDA.gov states that dental amalgam contains elemental mercury. It releases low levels of mercury in the form of a vapor that can be inhaled and absorbed by the lungs. High levels of mercury vapor exposure are associated with adverse effects in the brain and the kidneys.
Dr. Nelson is 1 of 3 Certified SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) dentists in the state of Kansas. This certification is given from the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT). The SMART program was developed based on scientific research and the need to protect dentists, dental staff, and patients from mercury releases during amalgam filling removal. Special equipment is used in this procedure. Please see the following video from the IAOMT.