Safe Mercury Filling Removal
Metal mercury fillings, or amalgams, contain a mixture of mercury, silver and other metals such as copper and tin. Amalgam is filling material still commonly used by many dentists, however more and more dental practices like ours, do not use or carry amalgam it in their office. In our practice, we have found that about 80% of the amalgam fillings removed have decay underneath, coupled with internal or external fractures in the tooth. When amalgam removal is recommended, we replace them with BPA free biocompatible composite resin, porcelain or gold.
To prevent mercury and other metals from being ingested, we use the leading edge Isolite system to ensure minimal metal powder exposure while the amalgam is removed. The Isolite System employs a flexible shield that comfortably fits in your mouth so you can relax your jaw as we work. It protects the throat, illuminates the mouth, and creates double suction to keep the amalgam localized. A new, specialized drill bit is used to rapidly release the amalgam while a third high-speed suction source, pulls the amalgam out as it is released from the tooth. Throughout the process, copious water is used to rinse and remove amalgam. We do our best to assure patients are comfortable during the process and complete the filling removal as quickly as possible.