Mercury Free Dentistry


Dr. Andow’s practice is mercury free and mercury safe and is committed to the concepts and practice of biological and health-focused dentistry. His practice has been mercury free for over 34 years and he safely removes mercury amalgams based on the SMART Certification as developed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) , the PROTECT Protocol as advocated by the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine (IABDM) and other prominent biological and holistic dental organizations. He also obtained accreditation status by the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT) . The following is our office procedure for removing mercury amalgams in the safest environment possible:


  • Slurry of charcoal or similar adsorbent to rinse and swallow before and after the procedure
  • Impermeable body barrier, including full head, face and neck barrier or impermeable body barrier only
  • External oxygen delivered via a nasal hood
  • Non-latex dental dam placed and properly sealed
  • Saliva ejector placed under the dental dam
  • At source high-volume oral aerosol vacuum (DentAirVac) in close proximity to the mouth
  • High-speed, high-volume intraoral suction system to capture mercury discharges
  • Copious amounts of water to reduce heat generated during the removal process
  • Amalgam sectioned into chunks and remove in as large of pieces as possible, using a small diameter carbide drill
  • After removal, the dental dam is discarded and the mouth is thoroughly rinsed with water
  • All protective equipment is removed, a new dental dam is placed and the new biocompatible filling(s) and/or crown(s) are placed


  • Protective gown for the dentist and dental assistant
  • Non-latex nitrile gloves for the dentist and dental assistant
  • Mercury absorbing charcoal face mask for the dentist and dental assistant
  • During maintenance of the suction trap in the operatory and maintenance of the amalgam separator attached to the main suction unit, the dental assistant utilizes the appropriate personal protection equipment


  • A suction trap in the operatory that collects all the large amalgam chucks during the removal process
  • An amalgam separator attached to the main suction unit that collects any amalgam that by-passes the suction trap and prevents mercury from entering the community waste water system
  • High-volume room air filtration system such as an at source oral aerosol vacuum (DentAirVac)
  • Compliance with federal, state, and local regulations addressing the proper handling, cleaning, and/or disposal of mercury-contaminated components such as clothing, equipment and surfaces of the operatory

"Smoking Teeth -- Toxic Teeth"

This dramatic video of mercury vapor out-gassing from a "silver amalgam" dental filling has outraged the world since it was first demonstrated at an IAOMT meeting in 1995.

"Mercury: The Poison in Your Teeth"

Dr. Tom McGuire is a leading authority on mercury silver amalgam fillings. His video provides conclusive, quantitative proof that not only do amalgam fillings release highly toxic mercury vapor - but that the common act of brushing just one amalgam filling - will release more mercury than allowed by governmental regulatory agencies at the workplace.

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