Thank you for following our blog on the Five Things Most Amalgam Separator Manufacturers Don’t Want You to Know. Part two of this blog series will be discussing misleading amalgam separator service lives and maintenance. M.A.R.S hopes part two of this blog series will help Dental Professionals see through the marketing of some amalgam separator manufacturers.
Misleading Amalgam Separator Service Lives and Maintenance
Many Dental Practices have fallen for the marketing traps of the most common type amalgam separators; high cost and high maintenance filter type systems. Some of the manufacturers of these filter type amalgam separators list the service life of their amalgam separator filters to be 12 months for a 1 – 10 chair practice. A misleading piece of marketing that have Dental Practices with three or more chairs wondering why they have to change their filter more often than the “Every 12 Months” that was advertised.
The main reason for the confusion is because these amalgam separator manufacturers rely on the Dental Industry’s lack of understanding of how an amalgam separator functions. Almost every amalgam separator is settling based, which means they will capture any material that heavier than water, an excellent example is prophy paste from Hygienist. M.A.R.S has found, the more prophy paste used in a Dental Practice, the faster an amalgam separator would tend to fill. Once a Dental Professional understands that there is more than just mercury in an amalgam separator, they will recognize why a ten chair practice will have to change their amalgam separator filter sooner than a one chair practice.
How to Avoid the Marketing Trap of Some Amalgam Separator Manufacturers
When you are purchasing an amalgam separator ask your Dental Supplier or the manufacturer of the amalgam separator to offer, in writing, the average maintenance for your size practice.
Filter Type System
Three chair practice – 1 Doctor/ 2 Hygiene = 1 filter every 6-8 months, plus weekly inspections to be completed by the Dental Practice Staff
Six chair practice – 2 Doctor/ 3 Hygiene = 1 filter every 4-5 months, plus weekly inspections to be completed by the Dental Practice Staff
NO Maintenance, NO filter System
Three chair practice – 1 Doctor/ 2 Hygiene = 1 system every 36 months, NO required inspection
Six chair practice – 2 Doctor/ 3 Hygiene = 1 system every 24 months, NO required inspection
M.A.R.S is sure that Dental Practices who follow our recommendations will soon realize that not all amalgam separators are built the same. There are products on the market that are more economical and function of a higher quality than the common filter type amalgam separators. Please read our next blog in this series that explains why the amalgam separator your service company is trying to sell you may not be the best available technology in amalgam separation. We will also be discussing why having an amalgam separator may not keep your office compliant.