News: Dental Amalgam Separator Installed

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To look after our environment (as well as your teeth!), Prospect Dentistry has recently installed a Metasys Amalgam Separator Eco II.

What is dental amalgam?

Dental amalgam was previously used extensively in dental fillings and contains 50% mercury. While dentists have now adopted alternative techniques that don’t contain mercury for most of their dental restoration work, such as resin composite, many old fillings that are removed in routine dental treatment contain dental amalgam and these are generally flushed down the drain.

Why is dental amalgam bad for the environment?

When dental amalgam is flushed into the environment via wastewater, the mercury is converted into organic mercury and becomes toxic.

What is an amalgam separator?

An amalgam separator is best management practice for handling and disposing of dental amalgam. The Metasys Amalgam Separator Eco II ensures that 99.3% of all amalgam waste is collected before entering our wastewater, which is then recycled in a processing plant for reuse.

Is it compulsory to install an amalgam separator?

No – in Australia, the use of amalgam separators is entirely voluntary, although they are mandatory in some countries and states around the world. If all dental practices in Australia installed amalgam traps and separators, it is estimated that 1,300 kilograms of mercury would be collected each year (

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Kate Bate is on maternity leave until the second half of 2022. While she is on leave, Juila Matthews and Lizzy Owens will be seeing her usual patients for scale and cleans.

Not all available appointments are listed online. If the appointments listed do not suit, please call 8269 1999.

If you would like to organise a booking for a family please call 8269 1999 and our team will find you appointment times grouped together.

None of Dr Will King’s toothache, relief of pain, broken tooth or consultation appointments are listed online. Please call 8269 1999, and you will be seen as soon as possible.

All of Dr Will King’s check-ups are completed at the same appointment as the scale and clean, and the scale and cleans are completed by Kate Bate, Lizzy Owen or Julia Matthews, who are oral health therapists. To book a check-up with Dr Will King, please choose your preferred oral health therapists and choose a time. The check-up will be completed by Dr Will King, and the scale and clean will be completed by your chosen oral health therapist.

Dr David Power works Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings, and he will do the scale and clean at the check-up appointment.

Online appointments are available 3 months in advance. If you would like to book further in the future, please call 8269 1999, and we will find you a time.

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