Plaza Dental Group +15152245999  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 +15152245999 to discover more. 

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Erika S.
The staff at Plaza Dental are the best. Dr. Odland and his assistant, Becca, have been amazing to work with. They have always been patient, kind, and compassionate. I was always kept comfortable during my procedures and have always had a great experience. I look forward to working with them in the future.read more
Pam G.
Today I had my first appointment at Plaza Dental. I am one of those patients who is extremely anxious about dental visits and I had avoided getting dental care for awhile .My hygienist Hilary was AMAZING! I'm so happy that I made the appointment and that i am on my way to wanting to show my smile again .read more
Amanda G.
Dr. Dietrich is so easy to work with. She's very skilled and her assistants are always able to explain every step of the way. My implant feels great!!
Jessica F.
I moved to Iowa at the end Of February, and have been looking for a dentist that cared about their patients. When I found Plaza Dental Group, they were able to get me right in, and my experience from the when I walked in to the office, to the time I walked out after my first visit was beyond what I could have hoped for. Dr.Odland and his staff are incredible and made me feel comfortable from start to finish. They explained the next steps regarding my next appointments, and everything that was going to take place. I feel at ease knowing that I am being taken care of. All of my appointments have been great. The front staff is great as well! I can not say enough great things about this office!read more
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  • 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
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Plaza Dental Group. 1089 Jordan Creek Parkway, Suite 100, West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Based on 195 reviews
The staff at Plaza Dental are the best. Dr. Odland and his assistant, Becca, have been amazing to work with. They have always been patient, kind, and compassionate. I was always kept comfortable during my procedures and have always had a great experience. I look forward to working with them in the future.read more
Erika Sieren
Erika Sieren
Today I had my first appointment at Plaza Dental. I am one of those patients who is extremely anxious about dental visits and I had avoided getting dental care for awhile .My hygienist Hilary was AMAZING! I'm so happy that I made the appointment and that i am on my way to wanting to show my smile again .read more
Pam Gronewold
Pam Gronewold
Dr. Dietrich is so easy to work with. She's very skilled and her assistants are always able to explain every step of the way. My implant feels great!!
Amanda Godfrey
Amanda Godfrey
I moved to Iowa at the end Of February, and have been looking for a dentist that cared about their patients. When I found Plaza Dental Group, they were able to get me right in, and my experience from the when I walked in to the office, to the time I walked out after my first visit was beyond what I could have hoped for. Dr.Odland and his staff are incredible and made me feel comfortable from start to finish. They explained the next steps regarding my next appointments, and everything that was going to take place. I feel at ease knowing that I am being taken care of. All of my appointments have been great. The front staff is great as well! I can not say enough great things about this office!read more
Jessica Ford
Jessica Ford
Thank you so much got me in fast and great help very nice staff and helped me with a problem that another dentist caused and helping me get the proper care 😁
Rachel Hinrichs
Rachel Hinrichs
My hygienist rocks, love Sarah. We have become friends through the years, she is just too sweet. But there are many great hygienists and Dr. Odland and his team took such good care of me when i broke my jaw and several teeth.
Amanda Westerhold
Amanda Westerhold
Hands down the BEST dentist I’ve ever been to. I have severe anxiety when it comes to the dentist and they were SO sweet/accommodating. Only place I will be going to for my dental needs going forward.
Breanna Bedford
Breanna Bedford
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
As usual, I only waited a few minutes until Talia came to bring me to the back. The treatment itself was pleasant and efficient and everybody was very friendly and helpful. I definitely recommend this place!
Martina Walther
Martina Walther
This place is the BEST. I cannot say enough about how great Lacey is and the job she does! I was so impressed by Plaza Dental Group compared to previous dentists I've visited that I won't be going anywhere else. Highly recommend Lacey, Dr. Odland, and Dr. Dietrich - they are highly educated and knowledgeable, very thorough with their care and listening to your needs, inform/explain things every step of the way, and are so enjoyable and fun to be around. Wish I could give more than 5 stars!read more
Jasenn Greiner
Jasenn Greiner
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.
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