Dentist discusses protocol for the safe dental amalgam fillings removal in Greenville
Composite is a combination of plastic and glass, making it a durable option for fillings. In addition to being mercury-free, these fillings are less invasive. When a cavity is being filled, the dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth before placing the filling. Amalgam requires more removal of healthy tooth than composite. With composite fillings, more of the tooth structure remains intact allowing for more stability.
So, what about those amalgam fillings that were placed years ago?
People that have amalgam fillings may want to have it removed. Generally, if the tooth has no problems and the patient has no health issues, it is often best to leave the filling alone. For patients who need to have the amalgam removed, we offer the safe removal of these fillings.
During the removal procedure, we follow strict protocol. The safety measures taken include:
- Proper protective gear including non-latex gloves
- Use of water and high volume suction to remove amalgam particles quickly and efficiently
- Use of a rubber dam to help contain the debris
- Use of oxygen so the patient breathes clean air
- Proper barrier to cover the skin and protect the patient’s face
- Use of a saliva ejector to collect vapor
Once the amalgam filling is removed, it can be replaced with composite resin or porcelain restorations that will blend in seamlessly with the tooth. By following this protocol for the safe removal of mercury amalgam, we maintain the safety of both the patient and the staff performing the procedure.
If you are in the Greenville area and you would like to learn more about the safe removal of mercury fillings, contact Palmer Distinctive Dentistry today.