Greenville, SC area residents ask, “What is the best option for safe removal of mercury fillings?”
As more and more patients become aware of the potential dangers of mercury (amalgam) fillings, they come to us seeking information about safely removing these fillings. The possible health risks have been the topic of many discussions in recent years as this once popular dental restoration material has come under fire. At Palmer Distinctive Dentistry in Greenville, SC, we specialize in safely removing mercury fillings and replacing them with beautiful, natural looking biocompatible alternatives.
The mercury removal process is one that should be performed by a specially trained and experienced dentist. It is important for the dentist and his or her team to understand the proper way to remove these fillings and ensure that patients and staff are not exposed to mercury vapors. We take this process very seriously and follow protocol set by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. These protocols include:
- Use of protective rubber dams
- Proper air filtration
- High volume suction/evacuation
- Non-latex gloves
- Cooling of the fillings
About mercury fillingsAmalgam fillings are composed of several different metals, including up to 50 percent mercury. The dangers of exposure to mercury vapors have caused many dentists like Dr. Palmer to use alternatives such as composite resin. While this is good news for new patients, many already have these fillings in their mouth. In addition to potential toxicity, mercury fillings are also very susceptible to changes in temperature, Which may increase sensitivity in the teeth.
No matter the reason that a patient seeks removal of his or her mercury fillings, we always make sure patient and staff safety is our number one priority. Once the filling has been removed, the new restoration can be color-matched to blend in seamlessly with the tooth, eliminating the silver that is seen with mercury fillings.
As a holistic dental practice, we always make sure to use safe materials. Our philosophy is that oral health is very closely linked with total wellness. All of our preventative, restorative, and cosmetic services are done with a holistic approach. If you would like to learn more about your options for safe removal of mercury fillings, call us today.