Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal and Replacement
Our team offers the safe removal and replacement of Mercury Amalgam fillings – those old ‘silver’ looking fillings that were once so commonplace.
Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Protocols
- Cooling with water during removal procedure. Flooding the area of removal with water decreases heat produced, and it is heat that significantly increases the release of mercury in vapour and amalgam particles.
- Cutting existing amalgam into chunks involves less high speed, heat producing drilling. Amalgam metal can be removed by hand instrument and suction.
- High volume evacuation captures mercury vapour and amalgam particles.
- Removal of existing mercury amalgam and placement of Composite Resin restorations is always done on top of a Dental Dam.
Why is a Dental Dam Necessary for Safe Amalgam Removal?
- A dental dam is a non-latex membrane that isolates the tooth or teeth being treated from the rest of the mouth. This barrier to the mouth stops mercury particles and sludge being swallowed during the removal procedure.
- A dental dam allows for more pooling of water and cooling of the tooth, reducing the release of mercury vapour.
- A dental dam encourages patients to breathe through the nose instead of the mouth during the removal process.
- Placement of the Dental Dam is a comfortable quick process that allows for a safe and comfortable procedure.
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