While amalgam fillings used to be the standard for treating cavities, nowadays tooth-colored fillings are considered the safer option. You can have an amalgam filling removed and replaced with a tooth-colored one – but it’s important to make sure that this procedure is carried out as safely as possible. Dr. Prather can use specialized techniques to take out amalgam fillings while avoiding unnecessary risk to your oral health; call us to learn more about how the procedure works!
Metal amalgam fillings aren’t just unattractive; they can also be harmful due to the mercury they contain. Over time the mercury is released in vapor form, which could increase the risk of certain health issues in specific patients. Some individuals experience nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. In the worst-case scenario, enough mercury exposure over time could even put your life in danger.
On top of that, hot and cold temperatures can cause amalgam fillings to change size. This can eventually cause the tooth to crack, putting it at risk for infection and potentially causing significant pain.
Upon learning about the health risks associated with your amalgam fillings, you’ll likely want to have them taken out as soon as possible. The problem is that there’s a chance that mercury vapors could be released during the removal process. Thus, special steps need to be taken to ensure that patients aren’t exposed to harmful mercury vapor unnecessarily; this is where our safe amalgam removal practices come in.
A specific procedure needs to be followed to keep patients safe during amalgam removal. For one thing, we’ll make sure that the filling is kept as cool as possible during the procedure. If it becomes heated at any point, there will be a higher chance of mercury vapors being released.
Additionally, the amalgam filling is typically cut into smaller pieces that are taken out of the mouth one at a time. This approach reduces the amount of drilling needed, resulting in less mercury vapor.
A device known as an evacuator will often be used to ensure that mercury vapor (as well as amalgam particles) are removed from the mouth before they can do any harm.
To figure out the overall cost of having mercury fillings removed, we will ask the following questions:
These are just a few of the factors that are considered. When we give you our estimate, we’ll be happy to explain any questions you have about the price.
If you’re worried about being able to afford safe amalgam removal, remember that you always have the option of applying for financing through CareCredit and LendingClub; it’s much easier to pay for important dental work when you can break up the cost.