Amalgam is a metal that was being used widely for various dental procedures, among which the most prominent one was filling cavities. Although amalgam fillings offer excellent durability and sealing properties, they pose a severe threat to your oral health due to the toxic nature of mercury. Hence, we recommend the removal of amalgam restorations from your mouth to ensure better oral health and aesthetics.
What are the Drawbacks of Amalgam Restorations?
Since mercury is a significant constituent of amalgam fillings, it can lead to toxic reactions with the tissues of the teeth. It can be especially harmful if the mercury reaches the root canal cavity, as it can lead to infection of the dental pulp.
Since the rate of expansion and contraction of metal fillings is different from that of the teeth’ tissues, consuming anything too hot or cold could crack or damage the teeth due to unequal expansion of the fillings.
Amalgam fillings leave quite a nasty appearance on the aesthetics of your teeth, as they appear as dark patches against the natural enamel.
The vapors of mercury are known to cause several health risks, especially in children, pregnant women, and aged individuals.
How is Amalgam removal done?
When you visit our dental practice to get your amalgam fillings removed, we will comprehensively diagnose your mouth and understand the effect of the restorations on your teeth. The dentist will ask you to rinse your mouth with activated charcoal, as the procedure can be carried out easily and more effectively after it. Protective equipment such as goggles, hair cover, face barrier, etc., will be provided.
The procedure is carried out using an aerosol vacuum to extract the removed amalgam. The filling will be removed using the chunking technique, and since it could generate a lot of heat, we will use a jet of water to dissipate the heat and wash away the removed debris. Amalgam could have entered the dental tubules, which will have to be meticulously removed using a laser. The tooth will be cleaned thoroughly, and the dentist will ask you to rinse your mouth.
Please reach out to us to schedule a consultation with our dentist, and we’ll guide you further. Please call us at (703) 595-4405 or reach us through online consultation.