Our local dentists in Palmerston can remove your old amalgam fillings and replace them with modern white fillings, which are safer and look more like your natural teeth.
If you have any mercury (amalgam) fillings, they could be putting your health at risk.
What is an amalgam filling?
Mercury amalgam fillings are made from a combination of metals, including copper, mercury, silver and tin. This gives them a silver and metallic appearance, compared to the natural look of white fillings.
Amalgam fillings are no longer in common use, due to the risk of mercury poisoning and the demand for more natural-looking fillings. However, some dentists in Australia and many overseas still use amalgam due to its durability and low cost.
Should I have my filling removed?
If an amalgam filling gets chipped or damaged, there’s a risk of mercury entering the body. Mercury vapour is extremely toxic if inhaled, leading to serious health problems or even death.
If you have one or more amalgam fillings, we recommend that you have these replaced with safe white fillings. Our dentists are fully qualified to remove mercury amalgam fillings in a safe and responsible manner that presents no danger of exposure to the patient.
How are amalgam fillings removed?
When you choose mercury amalgam fillings removal at Palmerston Dental Surgery, we’ll also fit your new white fillings on the same day.
Your dentist will explain what the treatment involves and answer any questions you have during your consultation. We’ll also take x-rays of your mouth to see where the fillings are and plan their safe removal.
You will be fully protected throughout the procedure. A dental dam will stop liquid from entering your mouth or throat, and a face mask will prevent you from breathing in mercury vapour. Local anaesthetic may also be used to numb any pain or discomfort.
Your dentist will carefully remove the amalgam filling using a dental bur and extract any mercury vapour inside the cavity. We’ll then insert your new porcelain or composite filling.