Safe Mercury Removal

Dr. Maher’s top priority is the health of our patients and our team.  That is why removing mercury safely is very important here at Maher Dental.

Amalgam is a combination of different metals that have been used in dentistry for more than 100 years.  When amalgam was first developed it was considered to be the standard of care.  Amalgam fillings are also known as “silver” fillings, which can contain 50% mercury.  Amalgam consist of a combination of many metals such as mercury, silver, tin and copper.  Small amounts of palladium, indium and zinc may also be used.

The main problem with dental amalgam is the levels of mercury.  Dental amalgam releases low levels of mercury in the form of vapor that can be inhaled and absorbed by the lungs. With amalgams there are always risks for toxicity which increases when the filling material becomes heated.  Chewing and grinding heats up the amalgam and allows the mercury to escape.  Amalgam also is heated when the filling in removed with standard protocol.  Amalgam can also increase fractures in teeth over time.

When removing amalgams Dr. Maher follows very delicate steps to ensure that amalgam is removed in the safest way possible.  Mercury and other heavy metals are challenging for your body to remove. 

Listed below are the Safe Mercury Removal Steps:

  • Dr. Maher will place a rubber dam on your tooth that will keep tiny particles from being swallowed
  • A high-volume suction will be placed to your filling to catch particles and vapors.
  • A technique called chunking will be used to safe remove the filling
  • High amounts of cold water is used to keep the filling cool and reduce mercury vapor production.
  • A dental air purifier will be placed near the chin
  • A disposable gown will be used to reduce the amount of amalgam splatter on your clothing
  • A patient mask to protect the patients eyes and nose.