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Safe Amalgam Removal in Chertsey

Posted in: Dentistry, by thecourtyardclinic, on 19th April 2014 | Comments Off on Safe Amalgam Removal in Chertsey

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We have a lot of patients coming to us at The Courtyard Clinic asking for replacement of their silver coloured amalgam/mercury fillings. Many people have concerns over the safety of the material in the dental field, with certain countries in Scandanavia no longer using the material. Here at The Courtyard Clinic we are a mercury free practice, no longer using dental amalgam opting in favour of white filling materials for small cavities or ceramic restorations for larger ones.

The Mercury content of amalgam fillings is the most concerning aspect of the material, however currently we do not have enough evidence to establish exactly how much mercury is lost from these fillings during normal use in the mouth. For this reason we at The Courtyard Clinic feel that it is in the best interests of our patient’s health to no longer use the material in favour of more modern techniques.

A further problem with amalgam is that patients with many metal fillings will occasionally feel that they have a metallic taste in their mouth, almost like batteries. The reason for this is that an electric current is being formed between the different metal fillings in the mouth which can be very unpleasant.

The final problem we find our patients have with amalgam fillings is the cosmetic appearance; here at The Courtyard Clinic we understand that being confident with your smile is very important and for this reason we always try to restore our patients teeth back to the way they looked before they had any problems. Thus we use white composite or ceramic materials which match the colour of your natural teeth and our skilled dentists shape these materials so as to provide “invisible” fillings

For all of these reasons we will frequently have patients asking for removal of their amalgam fillings. However the final difficulty with dental amalgam is that the removal of it can release vapours which can also be harmful. It is for this reason that we work with very powerful air suction. We will also often remove the amalgams under isolation with a rubber sheet in order to keep the amalgam out of the airways.

If you are unhappy with your amalgam fillings or would like to know more call 01932582949 to book an appointment or just have a chat about your concerns.

It is one of the first things we notice when we meet someone for the first time, so it’s worth paying as much attention to your smile as you do to other aspects of your appearance.

We are an experienced dental team and are proud to deliver excellence, innovation and results that are second to none, using state of the art techniques in a practice dedicated to your comfort, wellbeing and most importantly, your smile.


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