What happens once mercury fillings are removed?

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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Can you tell me about getting mercury fillings removed?

Carefully. If they are to be removed, use all precautions. A rubber dam and high speed suction and plenty of water are recommended. You can get more specific info online. Read more...
You can remove. However, amalgam is a safe and durable choice. Most research finds no relationship between fillings and symptoms of mercury poisoning or other side effects. Advances in modern dental technology allow to place tooth colored composite fillings instead of amalgam fillings to restore the natural appearance of the tooth. Read more...

I am about to get my mercury fillings removed and I do not want to replace them?

Please repost. Your post does not make any sense...You want to remove fillings and then not restore the teeth? Read more...
Composite\ceramic . If your amalgam (silver fillings) need to be replaced (or you want them replaced), you can ask the dentist to replace them with tooth colored bonded fillings, composite inlays\onlays or if extensive enough, porcelain laminates (veneers) or ceramic crowns. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
No . Amalgams are placed in a retained undercut prepared opening. They are drilled out to remove. Read more...
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. Read more...

Mercury fillings in teeth... Should I remove them? Should I have my mercury fillings removed? I hear that there are real health concerns.

It . It is rare that i remove a mercury based filling and not find recurrent decay underneath. On this basis i would generally recommend their removal. On the topic of mercury toxicity, there is much controversy. That having been said, I have not used mercury based fillings for 25 years. I would recommend their planned removal over time and at your convenience. Read more...
Please . Please refer to my answer on webmd: http://forums.Webmd.Com/3/oral-health-exchange/forum/1552 best wishes, dr. Zev kaufman. Read more...
There . There are two reasons to have your mercury fillings removed and replaced with a white composite material. Those two reasons are if the filling is fractured and/or if the filling has decay around it. Some people have their silver fillings replaced because they prefer the cosmetic appearance of a white composite fillings, however, silver fillings can potentially leak mercury at two points in their life span; when they are initially put in your mouth and when they are removed. Once the silver filling is placed and settled in your mouth, it is in a stable state and does not leak, except if it becomes fractured, at which point you should definitely replace it. Read more...
Not . Not simply for the sake of removing them! only if there is a problem with the fillings such as cracks, cavity underneath, or chipped. The american dental association still endorses the use of amalgam(silver filling). Read more...
20 . 20 years ago i read intensively about all kind of holistic approaches and researches on amalgams as restorations for cavities, at the time the canadian community was more aware of pros and cons, toxicity levels of mercury. Today is still a very controvertial issue, the removal of old amalgams for aesthetical reasons, I do not recommend it. Any time we touch a tooth with a "dental drill"to remove an old or not appealing filling, it can be considered as an insult to the tooth resulting in many instances an irriversable damage to the nerve dictating the need of a root canal treatment, and then a build up for a porcelain crown. So far the ada still endorses the use of amalgams as a choice for cavity fillers. I personnally haven't used amalgams in over 20 years, i mostly use composites or for more durable aesthetic restorations porcelain inlays or onlays. Good luck on your decision. Read more...