Sunbury Dentist and Moonee Ponds Dentist offer Safe Amalgam Removal options

What is the danger ?

Dental amalgam is believed by some to be in a stable form in a filling, bound by a combination of other metals. However, mercury can be absorbed through skin, inhaled, or ingested. When a conventional dentist removes amalgam without precautions, the patient (and the dental team) are exposed to particle scatter, contaminated water spray, and mercury vapor.
Mercury emits toxic vapor from the friction of chewing, brushing, or having teeth cleaned. A dentist’s drill magnifies that risk significantly.

Safe Amalgam Removal from expert dentist in Melbourne

A beautiful alternative

Patients who need to have amalgam fillings removed, or choose to do so, are in good hands at Smile in Style. The practice follows strict protocols set forth by the IAOMT for safe removal of amalgam. Just a few examples of the precise steps in this process include:

  • Cutting the amalgam filling into chunks.
  • Keeping the filling cool with a cool water spray on the amalgam filling during the removal process .
  • Use of a high-volume evacuator to extract mercury vapour from the air to maintain safe air quality for the patient, the staff and the environment.
  • Providing the patient with oxygen to breath, instead of exposure to mercury vapour.
  • Using a rubber dam to catch particulate matter and prevent accidental ingestion of the amalgam filling.
  • Replacing the amalgam filling with a composite resin material that blends beautifully with the smile or for larger fillings they can be replaced using the CEREC machine, to create a ceramic restoration that is not only beautiful, it is also biocompatible, durable and longer lasting.

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Safe Amalgam Removal Protocol

  • Chlorella drink prior is given prior to treatment and a mouth rinse post-treatment. Chlorella can help bind and prevent mercury absorption.
  • Physical protective barriers - Masks, protective coverings, eyewear, in-mouth non-latex dental dams, and other steps are taken to prevent physical contact with mercury for the patient and staff.
  • Oral evacuation - Generous amounts of water are used to continuously rinse particulate matter from the mouth while suctioning it away. Combined with protective dental dams, this prevents patients from swallowing dental amalgam particles during treatment. Additionally, the rinsing helps lower the temperature of the filling, reducing the amount of mercury vapour released.
  • External air - A continuous supply of non-contaminated air or oxygen is delivered via a mask or similar apparatus, preventing inhalation of mercury vapour or particles.
  • "Chunk it out" method - Rather than using a drill to grind the filling down, it is carefully removed in the largest possible pieces, minimising friction, vaporisation.
  • High Volume Evacuation Suction is used by the dental assistant to remove amalgam particles in the mouth.
  • High Volume Air suction and Air Purifiers are used in the clinical room that is able to remove mercury vapour from the room.
  • Amalgam separator use - This device collects mercury-contaminated waste before it can enter the sewage system, allowing us to dispose of it safely.