While you may be aware that mercury is a toxic element, did you know that you might have it in your mouth? Amalgam fillings can contain up to 50 percent mercury and can be a risk to your health and wellness. At New Health Dental, we specialize in the safe removal of mercury fillings.
Our team is trained in the proper procedures to safely remove amalgam fillings. This is done using specialized safety equipment and precautions such as high efficiency air filtration, rubber dams, high volumes of water, and proper removal technique. In addition, we partner with practitioners who offer chelation therapy, which works to remove harmful mercury toxins from the blood.
Why is amalgam so harmful?
Silver amalgam fillings are made of a mixture of metals, with mercury accounting for approximately 50 percent. When these fillings are warmed, which occurs during biting and chewing, and while consuming warm beverages, the vapors can be released and inhaled. In addition to the potential for toxicity, amalgam fillings expand and contract with temperature, which can compromise the structural integrity of the tooth.
Safe Removal of Amalgam
When we remove amalgam fillings, we follow rigid protocols to ensure the safety of the patient, staff, and the environment. We take caution to make sure there is no breathing of contaminated air or ingestion of harmful particles.
Beautiful, biocompatible replacements
Once the amalgam fillings are removed, we can replace them with beautiful, natural looking composite resin. These “tooth-colored” fillings blend in seamlessly with the smile and are made of a safe, biocompatible material. With composite resin fillings, there is no risk of fractures due to expanding or contracting of the filling.
If you are in Mesa, AZ and are considering the removal and replacement of your amalgam filling, contact New Health Dental today at 877-943-3703.