We recommend replacing silver fillings when there is a new cavity, failure of the filling, or a fracture.
When To Remove Mercury Amalgam Fillings
Our office does not place amalgam (mercury/silver) fillings. Even though we do not place silver fillings, we do not recommend removing them simply because they exist, unless a medical doctor recommends this treatment. We recommend replacing silver fillings when there is a new cavity, failure of the filling, or a fracture. Replacing for cosmetic reasons may not be covered by insurance and therefore this procedure must be the patient’s choice with the insurance information disclosed to the patient before any work is performed.
How The Process Works
An amalgam separator is properly installed, utilized, and maintained in our office to collect mercury amalgam waste so that it is not released into the wastewater from the dental office. Non-latex nitrile gloves are utilized by the dentist and all dental personnel in the room. A face and head covering are utilized by the patient during the procedure. Oxygen is delivered via a nasal mask for the patient to assure the patient does not inhale any mercury vapor or amalgam particulate during the procedure. A dental dam that is made with non-latex nitrile material is placed in the patient’s mouth. During amalgam filling removal, the dentist will utilize a negative ion generator in the operating field to mitigate mercury exposure. Copious amounts of water will be used to reduce heat and a conventional high speed evacuation device to capture mercury discharges during the amalgam removal. The amalgam will be sectioned into chunks and removed in as large of pieces as possible, using a small diameter carbide drill. After the amalgam and any decay present have been removed, the tooth will be restored with the appropriate restoration.
6475 Wall St Suite 202
Colorado Springs, CO 80918