Dental amalgam accounts for about 1% of all the mercury waste produced in the United States, a very small amount. Still, this means that nearly four tons of mercury goes to wastewater treatment plants from dental practices. Although dental amalgam is a safe, inert form of mercury, proper disposal is still necessary to prevent contamination from its long-term decomposition. Therefore, dental practices like the Marconi Dental Group are expected to recycle all dental amalgam.

What is an Amalgam Separator?

The Marconi Dental Group uses very little dental amalgam. We prefer other non-metallic forms of cavity restorations, as alternatives are safer to work with and better for the environment. Many patients have old amalgam fillings, however, and when these need to be removed due to their age or failure, the amalgam is now a waste product. Particles of amalgam may also go down the sink or into suction lines as we remove the filling. Making sure that none of this enters the wastewater system or environment requires an amalgam separator.

Amalgam separators are placed in line with the plumbing and suction system of a dental practice. They remove amalgam particles, even very fine ones, through a system of settlement filtration. Amalgam is caught it traps that are later sent to a recycler that separates the useful materials and ensures proper disposal. Such separators will be required in all dental offices starting in 2020.

Amalgam Solid Waste Disposal

Ordinary dental waste often goes in biological waste containers. That’s not the case with an extracted tooth that contains amalgam. These forms of biological waste are supposed to be recycled just like liquid amalgam waste. While solid amalgam can be collected without a separator and simply placed in a sealed container, it still goes to a recycler for proper disposal.

If you have questions about amalgam fillings, amalgam recycling practiced by the Marconi Dental Group, or would like to replace your mercury fillings, make an appointment or talk about it during your next visit to our Carmichael dental office.

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.