Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings in Tustin CA
Come to California Dental Group for safe removal of amalgam fillings in Tustin CA.
Although the FDA has approved silver amalgam fillings for use in treating cavities, some experts believe the material is unsafe because it can emit small amounts of mercury vapor over time. The FDA does warn that mercury fillings need to be removed with caution, as breaking up the filling for removal can result in the release of more mercury vapor as well as mercury-containing particulates that could be inhaled or swallowed during the procedure. In order to protect your health when removing a metal filling, you must get safe removal of amalgam fillings in Tustin CA from a qualified dentist.
Protocols for Safe Removal of Amalgam Fillings in Tustin CA
No filling will last forever, so eventually you will need to get safe removal of amalgam fillings in Tustin CA. We are up to date on the latest protocols for minimizing mercury release and exposure during and after the filling removal process, including:
- Use of a rubber dam to keep particulates out of the patient’s mouth
- Removing the filling in large pieces to minimize the need for grinding
- Keeping the filling cool with a water spray to reduce vapor release
- Removing vapor and particulates with suction
- Covering skin to prevent contact with spattered particles
- Safe disposal of hazardous mercury waste
Replacing your Amalgam Fillings
Safe removal of amalgam fillings in Tustin CA is just the first step. You will also need to replace the filling with a new restoration. At California Dental Group, we will help you weigh your options. You may choose to have a new amalgam filling placed because this material is strong, long-lasting, and less expensive. However, if you have a metal sensitivity or simply do not wish to have any amount of mercury in your mouth, you may choose a white composite filling. Because composite fillings are completely metal-free, they emit no mercury vapor. They also look very natural and are virtually indistinguishable from your natural tooth. Either way you can rest assured that you will receive a high-quality restoration placed as comfortably as possible from our expert dentists.
Do You Have Questions About Your Fillings?
Are you experiencing pain or discoloration around an old metal filling? Are you worried about mercury vapor during pregnancy? Schedule an appointment with California Dental Group right away to get a professional opinion regarding your treatment options.
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