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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
45 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.
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Endodontics 46 years experience
No : Amalgams are placed in a retained undercut prepared opening. They are drilled out to remove.
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 36 years experience
NO: The only way to remove an amalgam filling is with a dental handpeice (dental drill). This must be done very carefully to avoid damage to the surrounding tooth structure. While I do not place amalgam restorations in my practice, i advise against removing existing amalgams usless there is new decay or the filling is cracked.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to remove amalgams (mercury fillings) without drilling?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
Dentistry 53 years experience
No: No it is not possible. No other way that i know of.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What happens once mercury fillings are removed?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Not much: Many people have their amalgam (a mixture of silver and other metals and mercury) fillings removed, to be replaced by white, tooth colored composite or procelain dental restorations. There is usually no physiological effect of removing the amalgam fillings. It may be psychologically beneficial however.
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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 19 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.
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