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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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.

As of January 2024, Dr Anthony Colella has reduced his hours and we welcome Dr Mitchell O’Neil to Prospect Dentistry.

To book an appointment for toothache, relief of pain, broken tooth or consultation, 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 Harriet Palmer, Lizzy Owen, Ellie Wright or Latisha Sykora, who are oral health therapists.

To book a check-up with Dr Will King, please choose your preferred oral health therapist and choose a time. Dr Will King will complete the check-up, and the scale and clean will be completed by your chosen oral health therapist.

Dr Mitchell O’Neil works Tuesday nights and selected Saturday mornings. If you make an appointment with him, he will do the scale and clean at the check-up appointment. If you make an appointment with an oral health therapist on Tuesday night or Saturday mornings then Dr Mitchell O’Neil will do the check-up.

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