Plaza Dental Group 515 612 7148  1089 Jordan Creek Pkwy #100, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Mercury Safe Dentist

One of Only A Few SMART Certified Dentists In Des Moines
Mercury Safe Dentistry - Dentist Des Moines, Iowa

Mercury Safe Dentistry

Dentist Des Moines, Iowa

Steffany Mohan, DDS is one of the only SMART certified dentists in Des Moines, IA

Nowadays, many patients are considering removing their amalgam fillings due to health concerns or because their amalgam fillings have worn out, causing problems with their teeth structure.

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) recommends that all dentists should follow Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) for removing dental amalgam fillings. The IAOMT guarantees the least mercury exposure to the body and the environment during the amalgam (silver) fillings removal.

What Risks Are Associated with Mercury Toxicity?

For years, silver amalgam fillings have been used to fill dental cavities. About 50% of dental amalgam consists of mercury, bonded with alloys like silver/copper/tin to form an amalgam. Dental amalgam fillings are also called “silver fillings” due to their silver-like appearance. Many studies indicate that these fillings release small quantities of mercury vapor while sipping hot soups, coffee or chewing. These vapors are absorbed by the body and can be a cause of concern for you.

Small quantities of colorless and odorless mercury vapors are also released while the dentist drills out old amalgams. This exposes everyone present in the dental office to mercury toxicity. Mercury vapor gets absorbed into your bloodstream. Over time, increasing levels of mercury in your body can cause health issues including birth defects, cognitive defects, autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and many others. Some symptoms of mercury poisoning are impaired vision, abnormal cognitive function, lack of coordination, muscle weakness, speech impairment, and more.

Mercury poisoning is something you should avoid at all cost. Several critical incidents involving amalgam fillings highlights the impact that typical mercury exposure can have on your health and surroundings. There are constant reports about casualties, including deaths and hospitalization, happening all over the world due to mercury toxicity. Also, there have been instances where many buildings have been declared uninhabitable by the EPA due to mercury exposure.

What Makes Us a Mercury Safe Dentist?

Steffany Mohan, DDS, is one of the only SMART certified dentists in Des Moines, Iowa. She ensures strict compliance with the safety protocols recommended by the IAOMT for dental amalgam removal at her dental practices.

As a Mercury safe dentist, we are aware of the potential for excess exposure to mercury when removing amalgam fillings. We apply the necessary protocols mentioned below for safe amalgam removal to reduce the amount of mercury exposure to you, our team members, and the environment.

  • Providing you with an alternative air source
  • Using a cold-water spray to minimize mercury vapors
  • Putting a dental dam in your mouth, so you don’t swallow or inhale any toxins
  • Using a high-volume evacuator near the tooth at all times to evacuate the mercury vapor
  • Washing your mouth out immediately after the fillings have been removed
  • Immediately cleaning your protective wear and face once the fillings are removed

Are you ready to take the next step?

Contact Plaza Dental Group today!

If you would like to know more about this treatment please call our friendly team on 515 612 7148 to discover more.

Read our reviews

Debora L.
Dr Colin Odland is the best! He is very knowledgeable, patient, kind and makes sure you are doing ok as he works. I highly recommend him, especially patients that have had bad experiences with dentists in the past.read more
Derek Z.
I just switched to Plaza because it’s closer to my work/home and I’d give them 100 stars if I could! My hygienist Talia had amazing attention to detail (and I’m known to be very particular) and Dr. Odland’s chairside manner was amazing. I don’t know why I didn’t come here sooner!read more
Barb L.
I had a great experience at Plaza Dental in West Des Moines. Lacey was the nicest person to work with. I had the Zoom whitening done and Lacey was excellent. She answered all my questions and explained everything in great detail. Thank you for a wonderful visit and my bright white teeth.read more
Shane K.
I had a great experience today at Plaza Dental Group! As you know- going to the dentist can always be nerve racking to many people. The staff was friendly and communicated well with me throughout the process!They even had one of their more seasoned and veteran staff members (Suzie) stop by just to say hi! Talk about a “day brightner” on a Monday morning! It was much appreciated!Plaza Dental Group is not just making my smile better, they are making my life better!#friendlyservice#feelslikefamily#newbffs!read more

Contact information

515 612 7148

Opening Hours

  • Monday 8:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Tuesday 8:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Wednesday 8:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Thursday 8:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Friday 8:00AM – 12:00PM
  • Sat-Sun Closed

Address

Plaza Dental Group. 1089 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 100, West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Based on 164 reviews
Dr Colin Odland is the best! He is very knowledgeable, patient, kind and makes sure you are doing ok as he works. I highly recommend him, especially patients that have had bad experiences with dentists in the past.
Debora Lynn
Debora Lynn
I just switched to Plaza because it’s closer to my work/home and I’d give them 100 stars if I could! My hygienist Talia had amazing attention to detail (and I’m known to be very particular) and Dr. Odland’s chairside manner was amazing. I don’t know why I didn’t come here sooner!
Derek Zarn
Derek Zarn
I had a great experience at Plaza Dental in West Des Moines. Lacey was the nicest person to work with. I had the Zoom whitening done and Lacey was excellent. She answered all my questions and explained everything in great detail. Thank you for a wonderful visit and my bright white teeth.
Barb Lang
Barb Lang
I had a great experience today at Plaza Dental Group! As you know- going to the dentist can always be nerve racking to many people. The staff was friendly and communicated well with me throughout the process!They even had one of their more seasoned and veteran staff members (Suzie) stop by just to say hi! Talk about a “day brightner” on a Monday morning! It was much appreciated!Plaza Dental Group is not just making my smile better, they are making my life better!#friendlyservice#feelslikefamily#newbffs!read more
Shane Kennedy
Shane Kennedy
Susie does a great job. She makes sure I'm comfortable and makes sure I'm happy with service. Whole office is very professional and personable. Answers any questions and is straight forward about plans and payment options.
reaven 435
reaven 435
Huge shout out to Lacey! You really make going to the dentist less stressful with your positive energy and your desire to get to know your client on a personal level…Great job and thank you!
Scott Loecke
Scott Loecke
Great dental office in West DM! Susie was awesome and did great work, even let me pick the music! They obviously care about client experience here and I am glad to have found this gem of a dentist.
Jared Winkers
Jared Winkers
I’ve been so impressed and grateful for the care I’ve received at Plaza Dental! From cleanings to potential periodontal issues, Lacey and Dr. J have been on top of my progress. Highly educated, thorough, incredibly friendly, and patient-focused. I would highly recommend them!
Cynthia Shidler
Cynthia Shidler
The Plaza Dental staff is just the BEST! I always enjoy coming in for my cleanings and my Invisalign appointments. I always feel at home like I'm a part of the family. Thank you all for that. A big shoutout to Dr. Dietrich, Susan (Suzie), and Noel. I love you guys so much!!!! Thank you all for your contribution on this journey to a beautiful smile. Xoxo!!!!read more
Savion Solé
Savion Solé
My experience was amazing! Everyone was so kind and answered all my questions. I am usually one who has a fear of dentist, but I felt so comfortable and relaxed which I have never experienced at a dental office before.
Taylor Moore
Taylor Moore
My experience with the Plaza Dental Group has been amazing! The receptionist was delightful when I initially called to schedule my appointment. She had me laughing. I was warmly greeted and didn't have to wait long. They were non judgemental and thorough in my initial examination. I was given a detailed plan of action to address my issues. Today my appointment with Dr. Odland was excellent. He has the most gentle touch by the way. A must in a Dentist in my opinion. Aaron a future dentist helped make me comfortable and he assisted Dr. Odland perfectly while keeping me comfortable throughout the process. My overall experience has been wonderful. I highly recommend this experienced group of professionals. They've got a lifelong client with me.read more
MS Cacklebottom
MS Cacklebottom
Lacey does an amazing job- highly recommend her for hygiene needs. Also- Dr. Jay is hands down the best dentist I’ve ever seen. These folks deal with your anxiety in a positive way, are supportive and helpful — and you leave there feeling better and definitely being a little more proud of your smile!read more
Nick Ryan
Nick Ryan
I always have THE best experiences at Plaza Dental. The entire staff is amazing and friendly. Especially Susie and Noel who are simply THE best! I highly recommend for regular dental visits and I was highly impressed with my Invisalign treatment. I actually look forward to going to the dentist now! Love it!read more
Jamie Petersen
Jamie Petersen
I recently had cosmetic surgery. Dr. Dietrich and her assistant Joel were so professional and did excellent work. I am beyond pleased with my new smile!
LR Meyer
LR Meyer
To the whole plaza dental family you guys are the best I strongly recommend you guys to every one🙂🙂🙂 really kind nice people and do the best job EVER!!! Doctor JAY JENSEN you rock and congratulations on your move,also to all the staff you ladies made me feel very comfortable thank you thank you god bless.Doctor Jay Jensen keep doing your thing🙂 and the ladies up front you guys double rock🙂🙂 thanks for opening the door for me Lol, Alvin Thanks Plaza!!!!read more
Alvin Lee
Alvin Lee
This place is amazing. I feel the most comfortable and at ease here over any dental office I've ever been to and I've been around the block. Lacey is best although one time she wore white after labor day, but I won't fault her for that.
David Prins
David Prins
My dental hygienist, Sara, is the kindest person to work with. She is honest with her overview and analysis. She is friendly and happy to talk to you. I’ve never had a bad experience at Plaza and would recommend anyone come in for a consult or to be a new client with the dental practice. Thank you Sara for all that you do!read more
Kevin Black
Kevin Black
I would recommend to anyone! Great and friendly staff.Really put me at ease.Kept me well informed during my visit as to what procedure was being done.Great experience overall.
Dave Gates
Dave Gates
Professional, really caring team!! It’s awesome to be able to receive such expert care and most procedures can be taken care of in one place. Highly recommend this great place!!!! So kind and helpful.
Amy Gionis
Amy Gionis
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