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Greenville guests ask how to get an amalgam filling removed

At Palmer Distinctive Dentistry, we provide a wide range of holistic and biological dental services aimed at preserving the health of the smile and the body. One of these services is the safe removal of amalgam fillings.

Get Amalgam Filling Removed Greenville from Dr. Palmer


When a guest asks about the safe removal of an amalgam filling, we discuss how our practice follows the guidelines from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. This organization provides dental practices like ours with the information and guidelines necessary to safely remove amalgam fillings containing mercury.


Many guests want their amalgam fillings removed due to the toxicity risks associated with mercury. Amalgam fillings contain up to 50 percent mercury, which is a highly toxic substance. When amalgam fillings are heated, which can occur when biting and chewing, the mercury releases toxins that can then be absorbed by the body. Removal of these fillings must be done in a safe environment to eliminate the risk of exposure to both guests and staff.


Safe removal of amalgam fillings involves the following:

  • Isolation of the tooth and removal of the filling in large chunks
  • Proper ventilation to reduce mercury content in the air
  • Protective gowns and covering for the guests and staff
  • Use of non-latex gloves
  • External oxygen for the guest so they do not inhale mercury vapors and amalgam particles
  • Use of a properly sealed dental dam

Once the amalgam fillings are removed, they can be replaced with a safe, biocompatible alternative. Most guests opt for composite resin, as it blends in very naturally with the remaining tooth structure. Composite resin fillings are just as durable as amalgam, lasting a long time.


If you would like to learn more about your options for safe removal of amalgam, contact us today at (864) 552-1274 to schedule a consultation.

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Palmer Distinctive Dentistry

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John J. Palmer, DMD
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Debra G. Adams, DMD

At Palmer Distinctive Dentistry, we believe that oral health and overall wellness are linked. This is our focus when attending to our guests’ dental needs. Giving beautiful, healthy smiles to the residents of Greenville, SC is our goal.

Heading our team is Founder Dr. John J. Palmer, a Medical University of South Carolina School of Dentistry graduate. A dedicated holistic dentist and pioneer in advanced dentistry, he incorporates the latest technologies and IAOMT-certified methods and stays abreast of modern developments in biological dentistry.

Dr. Debra G. Adams received her Bachelor of Science from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL, and worked as a dental assistant, before graduating from dental school at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Dr Adams is SMART certified through the IAOMT and is dedicated to giving our guests the best treatment possible.