I have many Charlotte North Carolina area patients who come to me to remove their amalgam (“silver”, “mercury”) fillings in a safe manner. Amalgam filling material is about 50% mercury. As a concerned dentist I use an alternative protocol to remove their amalgam fillings safely. Amalgam fillings need to be replaced when there is decay under the filling or the filling is damaged. When I remove amalgam fillings,my protocol follows that of the IAOMT, the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology. The protocol includes:
- Isolation of the tooth with a dental dam
- Sealant placed between the dental dam and the tooth
- Disposable face mask over the patients face
- Separate oxygen supply for the patient to breath
- Source capture mercury filtration evacuation
- Copious irrigation while drilling
- Removing the filling in chunks to minimize debris and vapor
We do not charge an additional
fee for safely removing amalgam fillings.
Patient isolated for amalgam filling removal.
Close-up view of isolated amalgam filling before removal.