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Knowledge Builder – eco-friendly dentistry®

‘Eco-Friendly’ and ‘Green’ are terms that have recently been widely used and can indicate several things, such as renewability, sustainability, energy efficiency, non-toxicity, being minimally invasive, and a reduction in carbon footprint. These concepts have taken root within many diverse industries. More specifically, Green Healthcare has been an established initiative and goal for many years now within the medical community and is evolving into mainstream implementation. This new model of healthcare is based on the understanding that human and environmental health are inextricably linked. Green and Eco-Friendly Healthcare takes us beyond the Hippocratic oath, calling upon all health professionals to also “do no harm to the environment” and by focusing more on prevention, precaution, education, and wellness, we can significantly contribute to improving the health of our patients, community, and the environment. The broad concept of Green Healthcare encompasses green building and design of offices, as well as sustainable and eco-friendly practices employed during patient care. So, for starters we must ask several essential questions:

Why focus on the healthcare sector?

  • Almost every healthcare setting, including private practice medical and dental offices, utilize PBT (persistent bio-accumulative toxins), such as mercury, lead, PVC, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), HBCDs (hexabromocyclododecanes), and other harmful chemicals and elements, which with exposure can adversely affect the health of team members, patients and the environment.
  • Healthcare facilities and offices spend over $8.5 billion dollars on energy annually to meet patient needs.
  • Within the healthcare industry actual documented toxic medical waste generation from the WHO (World Health Organization) for North America alone is approximately 6lbs/person/year, which is an astounding 1,108,000 tons per year and exponentially growing.
  • The U.S. ranks the health care sector as the fourth largest source of mercury air emissions.
  • The dental industry alone is responsible for approximately 3.7 tons of mercury-containing waste, 680 million plastic and paper chair barriers, light handle covers, and patient bibs, and 1.7 billion instrument sterilization pouches yearly.
  • The elimination of single-use plastic suction and irrigation tips from a single dental practice can divert approximately 20,400 pieces of plastic from entering the waste stream per year.

Given these facts, it becomes an inherent duty and obligation for the entire dental industry to follow suit as integral members of the healthcare community. This is where eco-friendly dentistry® has emerged. The term eco-friendly dentistry® has been coined and trademarked by the founder of ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio®, the nation’s first green ORA® Oral surgery facility, Steven Koos D.D.S., M.D.

How is eco-friendly dentistry® defined?

  • eco-friendly dentistry® is a newly evolving practice of dentistry, which encompasses a simultaneous devotion to sustainability, prevention, precaution, and a minimally invasive patient-centric, as well as global-centric, treatment philosophy.

The implementation of eco-friendly practices in the dental office involves an extensive list of protocols, procedures, materials, state-of-the-art equipment and methods, but does not have to be a daunting endeavor and can be accomplished with small incremental steps. The best place to start the process is through the EDA™ (Eco-Dentistry Association) at www.ecodentistry.org. The EDA has established the authoritative benchmarks for green certification in the dental industry. Going green can also mean saving green - nearly every eco-friendly innovation is also friendly to the bottom line.

Dr. Steven Koos specializes in ORA® Oral, maxillofacial and implant surgery. Dr. Koos is a graduate of the Leadership in Green Healthcare™ curriculum and sits on the Advisory Board of the Eco-Dentistry Association. He has received numerous accolades, greatly contributed to sustainability within the dental industry and has proudly created the nation's first fully "green" ORA® Oral surgery facility - ORA® Oral Surgery & Implant Studio® Chicago, IL. 312-328-9000 www.orasurgery.com

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Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Jessica P. Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Koos and his team at ORA are incredible. It’s a shame he isn’t in a field where you would need to see him on a regular basis, because he is one of the best medical professionals i’ve ever experienced. He took his time to explain everything during the consultation, his team played some good [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Cheryl S. Chicago, Illinois. I’m pleased to say they fixed the tooth. They worked to assure me they’ll continue to help; if any issues arise in the future. Let’s hope they’re aren’t any!
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Rahul L. Chicago, Illinois. As far as wisdom tooth extraction goes, I had an excellent experience with Dr. Schrotenboer. Understandably so, I was not looking forward to it, and had been putting it off for a while. The previous oral surgeon I consulted with was abrasive and impatient with my questions and it did nothing but increase my anxiety. [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Zahra H. Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Koos was phenomenal. I had 1 consultation before him and wasn’t a big fan but Dr Koos won me over instantly as a loyal patient who has referred a couple people thus far. I had 4 impacted wisdom teeth and, while they were not causing pain, he sat with me and talked to me [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Jessie B. Chicago, Illinois. I have been to Ora surgery twice- first to get a tooth extracted, and following to get a screw put in for an implant. I can’t say enough positive things about this place! The receptionists are all very friendly and informative. The decor, and ambiance of this place feels like a spa. Dr. Jason has [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Victoria P. Chicago, Illinois. An incredibly gifted oral surgeon. Dr. Schrotenboer provided me with a thorough explanation both during my consultation and the day of my wisdom teeth extraction. He is patient and detailed when answering his patient’s questions, and definitely establishes trust with his patients. The staff and the office is the perfect environment you’d ever want to [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Katie S. Chicago, Illinois. This has to be one of the best oral surgery offices in the city. I’m impressed with the design, staff and friendliness of the office (esp lily!). It was super easy to make an appointment too. Dr. Schrotenboer is very knowledgeable and easy to talk with. He put my mind at ease and was very [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Olia D. Chicago, Illinois. The best Dental Experience I’ve ever had! I got 3 wisdom teeth removed. They used laughing gas for this procedure. It basically makes you feel like you can touch the sealing and it makes the whole going to sleep thing a lot easier! I had all for impacted get plenty of rest!
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Yaya M. Chicago, Illinois. First I have to start off by saying that DR. JASON SCHROTENBOER is hands down the best in his practice!!! I had been putting off getting my wisdom teeth pulled out for abt a year cuz I was terrified abt the entire procedure & the fact that I had to get 2 taken out scared [...]
Wisdom Teeth Extraction Chicago ? Caitlin M. Chicago, Illinois. I just had 2 of my wisdom teeth pulled here this morning. At 28 years old, I had been putting off this procedure for a looooong time. Had I known it would be so easy, I would have done it years ago! I wish every dental procedure was so good! I have nothing but positive [...]