At Associated Dental Care, we are passionate about doing our part to protect
the environment and the community we’re so grateful to be a part
of. That’s why we use a device called an amalgam separator to collect
the very small pieces of amalgam that are sometimes released when a dentist
places or removes a restoration. Usually, these pieces will collect in
the office’s wastewater, which is then fed into the public sewer system.
What does that mean for the environment?
Amalgam, better known as silver-colored filling, contains the element mercury.
When dental offices allow the amalgam to be flushed into their wastewater
system and then into the public sewer system, they are contaminating the
public water system. It is estimated that dental offices that do not use
amalgam separators can collectively contribute as much as 40% of the mercury
contaminating the public water system in their area.
ADC makes protecting the environment a priority, so we use amalgam separators
to make sure we’re doing our part to protect the patients we love to serve.
For more questions on our efforts to protect the environment through responsible
disposal tools, like amalgam separators, don’t be afraid to contact us today!