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

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Dr. Stephen Gordon answered

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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.

Answered Dec 9, 2016

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Dr. Kenneth Grossman answered

Specializes in Endodontics

Amalgams are placed in a retained undercut prepared opening. They are drilled out to remove.

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Dr. Howard Schneider answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

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.

Answered Dec 9, 2016

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