Mercury Fillings: How to Have Them Replaced

AmalgamDental mercury fillings, otherwise known as Amalgam fillings, are often used to fill up extensive areas of tooth decay. These fillings are made up of an alloy comprising of mostly mercury, some copper, tin, silver, and others.

Replacing mercury fillings

Dental amalgam fillings are supported by the American Dental Association as a reliable, safe and effective solution for tooth decay. However, if you notice that your mercury fillings are defective or are showing signs of decay, the right move is to have them replaced. Ignoring tooth decay will no doubt lead to an abscess or infection, so it is important to address the issue as quickly as possible to avoid any further complications. There’s no doubt that replacing defective and decaying dental fillings will benefit you in the long run, so get it done properly by following these simple steps.

Find a good dentist.

The first and most important thing to do is to find a good dentist to see you through the process safely. If you are not sure whether the local dentist is well trained in the safety protocols for this procedure, check with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT).

Be in a well-ventilated room during the procedure.

Once you are confident that you are in safe hands, check that the procedure room is well ventilated with a sufficient air filtration system to help you breathe properly during the duration of the procedure.

Protect the upper body well.

Check that those in charge of the procedure provide you with protective material to secure your head, neck and chest area in case you make sudden jerks during the procedure. Do not let this scare you though; the procedure is usually quite painless.

Check for fresh air provision.

The dental team should provide you with a source of fresh oxygen during the procedure in case you get short of breath as they work on your mouth.

Be sure a dental dam is used.

During the procedure, a dental dam should be used around the tooth or teeth being restored.

Provision of a saliva suction device.

Your mouth is bound to get quite wet during the procedure. Saliva suction is important so that all the vapor leaking under the dental dam is captured, while also clearing up the mouth in order for the procedure to take place effectively.

Use cool water.

The team in charge of the procedure should use cool water to help cool the fillings as they are being removed and replaced. Cool water plays a big role in decreasing the vapor and helps get rid of mercury debris that may gather in the mouth after the removal process.

Swish and rinse your mouth.

Activated charcoal in water is perfect to help swish your mouth after the procedure is complete. Swishing for a minute or two will help get rid of any vapor that may be lingering inside your mouth

By following these steps, you can be sure your mercury fillings will be replaced successfully.

Request an appointment here: or call Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry LLC at (706) 713-5286 for an appointment in our LaGrange office.

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