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Highlands Ranch Family Dentist | High-Tech Dentistry

Digital X-rays

At Highlands Ranch Family Dentist we use only Digital X-rays for all of our diagnostics.
Digital radiography typically reduces radiation exposure by 75% or more. Digital X-ray equipment provides image quality that can surpass traditional film bringing out tiny fractures and imperfections that might have been missed on film. It also eliminates the need for dealing with harmful developing chemicals, fixing solutions and lead.

Conventional X-Ray Pollution

Conventional x-rays create trash and toxic chemical-waste that the dental office is left to dispose of. Dental practitioners are responsible by law to handle the disposal safely. The chemical fixers and lead foils from x-ray processes have to go somewhere, which often means public sewer systems.

Health Risks of X-Ray Fixer Solutions

Traditional x-ray fixers contain chemicals such as Ammonium Thiocyanate and Boric anhydride. These chemicals are known to be skin, eye and respiratory tract irritants, and hazardous if ingested or inhaled. They also may be toxic to the blood, thyroid, kidneys and liver, and repeated or prolonged exposure can produce target organ damage. 
They are toxic to fish, and have shown to cause adverse reproductive and developmental effects in animals with repeated exposure. Boric anhydride has been shown to have neurological impacts such as personality and mood changes, mania and even seizures. The products of the degradation of these materials are shown to be as toxic as the original product.
According to Healthcare Environmental Resource Center, spent x-ray fixer is a hazardous waste (RCRA waste code D011) because of its high silver content. The regulatory level is 5 mg/l silver and used fixer typically contains 3,000 to 8,000 mg/l of silver. As such, it cannot be legally dumped in the sewer or disposed of as common solid waste.
The EDA estimates that the US dental industry disposes as much as 28 million liters of x-ray fixer every year. It doesn’t have to be this way! The EDA estimates US dental offices dispose 48 million lead foils each year. Another by-product of traditional x-rays is lead foils. In the environment, lead waste is held in the topsoil, where it can remain for as long as 2000 years. It is readily picked up by plants, and enters our food system. Lead is a deadly neurotoxin. Despite the multiple environmental and human-health threats posed by traditional x-rays, only 25% of dental offices in the US have eliminated these materials from their practice by switching to digital imaging.

It’s High Time for High Tech. How we are different from most dental offices?

• Our use of digital imaging eliminates chemicals, lead and disposables
• Another benefit to digital imaging is to decrease our patients’ exposure
• Use of soft-tissue lasers for periodontal hygiene
• LED downlights are used throughout the office for energy/waste savings
• LED headlights are used in for treatment
• Laser cavity detection devices are used as early diagnostic tools
• 3D X-ray technology for better diagnosis

Infection control

• Dental office infection control and sterilization processes can be a major source of pollution and waste in the traditional dental practice. 
• Chemicals used in infection control and sterilization processes in the dental office can be quite dangerous.
• They can jeopardize employee health, contribute to poor office air quality, and can pollute our community’s water stream. 
• Non-toxic alternatives for infection control and sterilization have the same or greater effectiveness in getting the job done, while protecting the health and safety of dental practitioners, patients, and our neighborhoods.

In our Dental Office:

• Steam sterilization is used vs. chemical-based sterilization
• No Toxic cold-sterilization methods are used
• Eco-friendly disinfectants maintain a hospital-grade environment in the operatory.
These options have the added benefit of eliminating that “dental office smell” that triggers “that dental office anxiety!”
The typical dental office trashes a half-dozen or more lawn-size garbage bags every day! These plastic-containing products are made from scarce and expensive oil, are only used for about an hour, and end up in our landfill, where they never decompose. In the US alone, 1.7 billion sterilization pouches and 680 million patient barriers are dumped by dental practices every year.

At Highlands Ranch Family Dental:

• We use washable cloth lab coats
• We use FDA-registered re-usable pouches and wraps for sterilization
• Reduce the use of disposables in all dental office processes

Dental Mercury Pollution

Even as a dental office that only removes amalgam fillings we still use an amalgam separator. The most important environmental initiative for any responsible dental office is to install an amalgam separator. This equipment keeps mercury-containing filling material from entering our water supply.
Amalgam filling material includes equal parts of elemental mercury and an alloy powder mostly composed of silver, tin and copper. Mercury in our drinking, irrigation, and fishing waters is a serious environmental and human-health concern. A potent neuro-toxin, mercury poisoning is devastating to animal species, and is a tragic and debilitating experience for people and families suffering its effects. The EPA estimates that 50% of all mercury entering our local wastewater treatment facilities originates in dental offices.
In the US, only 12 states and 19 localities require dental offices to have amalgam separators, and only about 30,000 offices are believed to have separators. That means as many as 90,000 US dental offices don’t have a separator. While the industry has been largely self-regulating to date, the EPA has announced a plan to make installation of separators mandatory by 2012.
While we only place state-of-the-art tooth-colored restoration materials, we know that a separator must be used to capture removed restorations containing mercury. In a survey conducted by the EDA in 2009, only 39% of offices surveyed had amalgam separators. 
The popular answer for not installing a separator is the mis-perception that one isn’t needed because the office only removes amalgam fillings. While counter-intuitive, studies show that offices removing amalgam actually generate more mercury-containing waste than those that place the fillings, as much as 3 pounds of toxic waste a year.
Suction systems are a critical piece of machinery for any dental office, but the Wet dental vacuum system can use as much as 360 gallons of water per day.

Our Office uses:

Our Highlands Ranch Family Dentist uses:

• The ECO-VAC, a High-tech DRY vacuum system to accomplish the same results yet it uses
• No Water No Filter and No Oil !
• WET vacuums use a tremendous amount of water. It’s estimated that a typical dental office uses as much as 57,000 gallons of water per year, with the average vacuum system using 360 gallons of water a day.
• That amounts to 9 billion gallons of water a year from US dental practices alone. 
• With the world facing a serious water crisis, we shouldn’t be pouring this precious resource down the drain.

This Highlands Ranch Family Dentist is located at:
9265 South Broadway #250
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

This Highlands Ranch Family Dentist is located at:
9265 South Broadway #250
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129

T (303) 346.4495
Email: info@HRFamilyDental.com

9265 South Broadway, #250
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
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