Mercury-free and Mercury-safe (Yes, There’s a Difference!)

Dr. Rota has practiced mercury-free dentistry since 1975. This means he does not use mercury amalgam for "silver" fillings but nontoxic, biocompatible materials such as composites (tooth-colored filling material).

But more than that, he practices mercury-safe dentistry – as well he should, considering he helped develop the protocols that guide safe amalgam removal to this day.

A mercury-safe dentist takes extra precautions to protect the health of the dental team, patients and environment. For while mainstream dentists believe there are conditions in which this neurotoxin is benign – such as when it’s packed into a drilled-out tooth – the mercury-safe dentist knows that any mercury exposure is potentially harmful.

The safe removal protocol has been formalized and adopted by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) as the standard of care. We follow these guidelines with every patient who turns to Dr. Rota for mercury removal. You can read them in full here.


  • We always use a dam with suction.
  • The patient, Dr. Rota and assistants each have their own oxygen supply.
  • We keep a vacuum next to the patient and use a whole-room purification system to keep the air clean.

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