We use two different vacuum systems to protect our patients.
Vacuum #1: Clean-Up-Tip, as recommended by the IAMOT (International Academy of
Medicine and Oral Toxicology – www.iamot.org). This device is attached to our office high-vacuum system, and is placed directly over the tooth with the amalgam to be removed. It effectively removes all fumes and amalgam debris.
Vacuum #2: Dr. Cook’s Vacuum System – This is a ¾ HP Shop-Vac, with large piping held at the chin of the patient during amalgam removal, creating a negative airflow. This effectively pulls away all fumes and particles from nose, mouth and face.
Oxygen may be given as an adjunct, but it’s not necessary if there are two vacuum systems functioning effectively.