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A 30-year-old member asked:

How do you get an amalgam filling removed?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stanley Lin
Dentistry 18 years experience
See your dentist: Your dentist can help you get your amalgam filling removed. Usually you will need to have your tooth anesthetized and then the amalgam filling can be drilled out and replaced with a composite filling or crown.
Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry 38 years experience
Drilling: The dentist will remove your amalgam filling with a drill, just like it was done originally. With local anesthetic, this is very comfortable.....Just a little noisy. Don't worry.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Easily: In the same manner that the filling was originally placed, it can be easily and gently removed by drilling it out. Some patient take "sweet air" others local anesthetic and some don't even require anything for this procedure. If it needs to be removed consider using a tooth colored bonded filling to replace it. They are almost invisible and require less drilling.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Mercury safe : 1) anesthetize 2) latex free dam & goggles 3) high quality strong dental suction-dental assistant in control 4) oxygen for patient to breathe 5) dentist electric drill - high torque & slower speed. Plenty of water spray to reduce heat build which causes mercury vapor release 6) chunk out filling -do not just drill it out 7) office amalgam separator 8) once removed, remove dam, thorough rinse.
Dr. Don Millner
Dentistry - Cosmetic 44 years experience
Removal by burr cut.: Amalgams are removed using a high speed dental drill with a carbide or diamond bur which is "washed" by air/water spray to keep the tooth from overheating and being traumatized and the mercury from volatilizing from its binding silver. The procedure id performed in the active presence of a high velocity air/suction evacuation system.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What's involved in having mercury amalgam fillings removed ?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 24 years experience
Drilling them out: Removal of amalgam fillings increases your exposure to mercury vapor because they are drilled out. If you would like to reduce your exposure then ask the dentist to remove them while you are wearing a dental dam.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is there any reason to have silver mercury / amalgam fillings removed?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Davis
Dentistry 37 years experience
Silver Fillings: The silver filling should be removed if it is leaking, cracked , or the margins are opened. All of these breed decay and destruction to the tooth. If none of these exist it is best to leave it alone.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can you have amalgams (mercury fillings) removed without having a drilling?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Probably not: Often the dentist can place a few grooves within the amalgam and "chip" it out with hand instruments (not drill) and take it out in fragments or pieces.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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