Safe Amalgam Removal

Amalgam fillings contain around 50% mercury and a combination of other metals. The mercury from amalgam fillings is released as a poisonous vapour when you eat, brush your teeth and drink hot fluids.

Dr Tom McGuire who is an expert in the field of dental amalgam removal states that “Mercury is the most poisonous, naturally occurring, non-radioactive substance on the planet. There is no safe level of mercury. Eighty percent of the mercury vapour released from amalgam fillings is inhaled. Once inhaled, it passes quickly through the lungs, into and then out of the bloodstream, and accumulates in every cell of the body. As it accumulates, it poisons cells and tissues, particularly the brain and nervous system.”

(Dr Tom McGuire,

Safe Amalgam Removal

At Smile In Style, we remove mercury amalgam fillings safely, protecting the dentist, the staff, our patients, and the environment from excessive and unnecessary exposure to mercury vapour at the dental office. Our goal is to treat patients in the most healthy, caring, holistic way possible and to share information about dental wellness with our patients so that they can make educated decisions about their oral health. For more information go to:

Once the amalgam is removed from the tooth, we then replace the amalgam restorations with a composite, white filling material. For a larger filling we would recommend a CEREC restoration which is a long lasting, biocompatible ceramic restoration.

Our Safe Amalgam Removal Protocol includes:

  • Use of Non Latex Rubber Dam to prevent amalgam particles being swallowed
  • Use of oxygen for patients so oxygen is inhaled and not mercury vapour
  • High Volume Evacuation Suction
  • Amalgam is removed in large chunks with cool water
  • High Volume Air Suction to remove mercury vapour during the amalgam removal
  • Air Purifiers that removes the mercury vapour from the room
  • Protective masks and respirators for staff.

Amalgam fillings replaced with CEREC restorations

Amalgam Removal Case

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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.