PPR forum highlights amalgam separators
Dr. Fink: One of the forum participants. Photos by EZ Event Photography
“My hope is that even though the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is about to form regulations for all the dentists nationwide that ADA has the opportunity to educate our members and give them the tools to satisfy the demands of the regulators by taking ownership of the issue rather than having the issue forced on them,” Dr. Westman said.
|Dr. Holmberg: Looking for a new separator.|
|Answer man: Dr. James Westman helps with the amalgam separators evaluation in the ADA Welcome Center area.|
Dr. Jeffrey Holmberg came to the forum looking for something new for his practice. “I have one of the other units and I’m frustrated with it,” he said. “It’s plugging up with mostly prophy paste. It’s effective but the canister I’m filling up every three months is not mercury so I’m looking to see what else is available.”
The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs expects to publish a Professional Product Review on amalgam separators next spring. The EPA has announced plans to initiate an effluent guideline rulemaking procedure to reduce mercury waste from dental facilities.