Replacing silver amalgam fillings safely with SMART.


Are dental fillings painful?

No, dental fillings should not be painful. The team at Yiannikos Centre for Holistic Dentistry takes extra care to ensure that you have the easiest, safest, and most catering dental experience that will not cause you severe discomfort.

Fillings of either material will last anywhere between 7-20 years. This is all dependent on the fillings position, size, and how well you look after your teeth. If the filling is placed in a spot where it is exposed to rigorous chewing, it could be under more stress and therefore, not last as long.

A composite white filling will harden immediately after your appointment. However, it is highly recommended that you wait at least 2 hours before eating to ensure that the filling is fully settled in your mouth.

Amalgam is a filling material which we no longer use in our practice, but we do remove them and replace with a new restorative material, Admira Fusion, which has a pure ceramic base and its absolutely biocompatible.

Amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of metals consisting of half liquid mercury, and half of a powdered alloy consisting of silver, tin, and copper.

We remove amalgam fillings with Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART), the protocol developed based on research from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).

As we are a holistic dentist in Cyprus, we only use biocompatible, effective, and aesthetically seamless materials. For our fillings, we use Admira Fusion VOCO material which is a ceramic resin-based material. This material is biocompatible, effective, and matches the natural colour of the teeth

Amalgam fillings are more commonly known as silver fillings. Amalgam fillings are a more outdated material to use for dental fillings because they contain mercury, a toxic metal. Amalgam fillings are also obvious on the teeth and make them appear darker.

Although enamel can heal itself, a cavity cannot be healed naturally. If you have a cavity, it is important to get a proper dental filling in order to prevent further damage.

Cavities that are not treated can lead to infection, severe tooth decay and abscess, and possibly tooth loss.

The Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique or “SMART” was introduced by the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT) as a set of guidelines based on scientific research for the removal of existing dental mercury amalgam fillings. The research revealed that dental mercury amalgam exposes dentists, staff, and patients to mercury contamination.

Yiannikos Centre for Holistic Dentistry is an Accredited Member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). That means our dentists’ have completed extensive coursework to understand the SMART technique and process to protect our patient and staff.