All about safe mercury filling removal from a dentist in Encino
Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals, containing up to 50 percent mercury, along with silver, tin, copper, and additional trace metals. For over 150 years, amalgam has been used in dental fillings.
In recent years, there has been a growing concern about the toxicity of amalgam fillings and the potential effects it has on the body due to mercury. At the office of Dr. Paul O’Malley DDS, we do not use amalgam fillings, opting instead for biocompatible composite resin fillings. This safe material is durable, aesthetically pleasing, and free of harmful metals like mercury. Additionally, we offer the safe removal of existing mercury fillings for patients who need to have them removed.
The concern about mercury
Dental amalgam fillings can release toxic mercury vapors during such tasks as biting or chewing. Mercury vapor exposure has been linked to an increase in risk for some medical conditions.
Safe removal of mercury fillings
We don’t recommend the removal of amalgam fillings that are still in good condition. If there is no decay around the filling, it’s best to leave it in place. Removing amalgam fillings can slightly compromise healthy tooth structure and may unnecessarily expose patients to mercury vapors.
If you have a failing amalgam filling, it can pose risks including: mercury vapor exposure, recurrent tooth decay, or tooth fracture. For patients who need amalgam filling removal, we follow the strict protocol of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. This helps to ensure that the patient and staff are protected against harmful mercury exposure.
When it comes to your health and wellness, we want to be your partner. Whether it’s the safe removal of amalgam fillings, biomimetic restorations, or full mouth reconstruction, we are here to help. If you are in the Encino area, call us today at 818-616-8838.