Safe Amalgam Removal

Amalgam fillings cause the tooth structure around them to appear darker as they are grey-black in colour

As amalgam gets old it starts to expand and contract when exposed to hot and cold food and drink. This microscopic but continual change in the shape of the filling causes cracks in the tooth and eventually the tooth may break.

* Do your teeth seem brittle or feel weak?
* Are you worried about chewing hard foods?
Would you like your teeth to look good?

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Did you know that there is a protocol to follow for the safe removal of amalgam fillings?
Did you know that the mercury is not only in your teeth but it is also in your tissues around your body?

Safe Amalgam Removal Case Studies

Amalgam Removal - Case 1

Safe Amalgam Removal Case 1

A patient came into our practice with several amalgam fillings in their molars and wanted to have them removed because of their concerns about mercury.
BEFORE Dr Charlotte de Courcey-Bayley and her team prepared the patient for this procedure to take place in a safe environment. This entailed using rubber dam, providing the patient medical air to breath and using a scavenger unit (which collects the toxic mercury vapours). Once all these precautions were fulfilled the amalgam fillings were removed. Here is what the teeth look like after the fillings were removed.
AFTER: The teeth were then filled with composite resin, a tooth coloured filling material. They thought the teeth looked great. This proceedure took 60 mins to complete.

Amalgam Removal - Case 2

Safe Amalgam Removal - Case 2

This is as large an amalgam replacement as can be done reliably with a direct filling technique, ie one where filling is placed directly into the open tooth cavity.
BEFORE: Note how the amalgam is coming away at the edges. It is possible to see a gap opening up between the filling and the tooth. This is the most common way in which old mercury based fillings breakdown and fail. This gap allows new decay to start below the existing filling without the patient knowing.
AFTER: This is a very big filling. If it were any larger it would be necessary to take a mould of the tooth cavity and have a piece of porcelain made to fit the cavity and bond the porcelain to the tooth. The bonding of porcelain to a back tooth is called an inlay. This time this tooth has been restored with a composite filling. AFTER The final crowns

Amalgam Removal - Case 3

Safe Amalgam Removal - Case 3

This lady requested removal of all her amalgam filling for health reasons. You will notice the difference in appearance between the right and left halves of her mouth as the treatment has been half completed already.
BEFORE: Four amalgam fillings have already been replaced in the lower left corner of this ladies mouth.
AFTER: The treatment is complete. Note the difference in colour of the teeth on the right between the first and second photographs. Amalgam (mercury) fillings do not have to be failing to have them replaced. If you want the mercury safely removed or want your teeth to look better please ask us what is involved for your treatment.

Amalgam Removal - Case 4

Safe Amalgam Removal - Case 4

Amalgam fillings, if small can be reliably replaced with tooth coloured fillings applied directly into the tooth cavity. Rubber dam, a rubber mask, should always be worn over the teeth to prevent the patient ingesting the waste mercury filling material and to ensure that a good bond is made between the tooth and the new tooth coloured (composite) filling.
BEFORE: Note the dark grey-black colour of the mercury based filling
AFTER: Tooth coloured fillings are built in the correct shape to rebuild the natural anatomy of the tooth.

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