Do I have options for environmentally friendly oral surgery?

Patients who are dedicated to preserving the environment don’t have to leave those beliefs behind when it comes to dental treatment. A small, but growing movement in dentistry, as well as oral and maxillofacial surgery, strives to treat patients with minimal impact to the planet.

You can definitely go green when it’s time for your wisdom tooth extraction (or any other surgical tooth extraction, or surgery in the mouth or on the face, for that matter). Be sure to discuss the office’s green practices in advance of the procedure to learn how you are minimizing your carbon footprint while receiving a needed dental intervention.

You may have noticed that in many dental offices, the staff uses and discards countless pieces of plastic equipment. In fact, during the average dental visit, the practitioners use around 46 pieces of non-degradable plastic of some sort. We use none in treating our patients. 

For the past several years, our practice has worked to identify ways in which we could reduce our environmental impact.

We also use digital radiography as part of the planning process for tooth extraction, eliminating the harmful chemicals associated with developing traditional x-ray film and reducing our patients’ exposure to radiation.

All of these efforts are the culmination of a dedicated initiative to bring a more ecofriendly approach to oral surgery.

For the past several years, our practice has worked to identify ways in which we could reduce our environmental impact. This effort led us to calculate our greenhouse gas emissions using the U.S. EPA “Office Carbon Footprint Tool” and to collaborate with an organization called Terrapass to offset over 200 metric tons per year, an amount that is more than twice our actual carbon footprint.

We have a facility designed in accordance with green building standards, and our office switched to green, renewable wind energy to power our building, further reducing our carbon footprint. We also recycle as much paper as possible and make efforts to minimize unnecessary use of water.

We also have made a commitment to have a tree planted in exchange for every tooth removed in our practice. Our efforts have led to replenishing thousands of these valuable natural resources every year.

If you want the added benefit to be treated, not only in a state-of-the-art facility, by one of the best oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Chicago, but also by a fully green oral surgery practice, be sure to view the many details on our website and contact ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio at 312-328-9000 to learn more.