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Amalgam Filling Removal


Before and after image of amalgam filling removal at Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry, Los Altos, CADr. Field, Dr. Tang, and Dr. Shile are aware that many patients are concerned about amalgam (silver) filling removal and mercury vapors in regard to their health. Because of this concern, they strive to remove amalgam (silver-mercury) fillings in a safe way and replace them with metal-free, biofriendly, bonded restorations. To accomplish this, they utilize removal protocols based on recommendations of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and other prominent biological and holistic dental organizations.

Dr. Field, Dr. Tang & Dr. Shile are aware that many patients are concerned about amalgam (silver) filling removal and mercury vapors in regard to their health. Because of this concern, they strive to remove amalgam (silver-mercury) fillings in a safe way and replace them with metal-free, bio-friendly, bonded restorations. To accomplish this, they utilize cosmetic dentistry removal protocols based on recommendations of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) and other prominent biological and holistic dental organizations.

Some of the precautions taken include:
•  Use of a rubber dam
Barrier that reduces our patients exposure to amalgam slurry that is created when the filling is drilled out.
•  Use of high volume suction
Both over and under the rubber dam to reduce our patients’ exposure to mercury vapor
•  Option of pure oxygen
For our mercury-sensitive patients who may need an alternative source of air.

We also have a special amalgam filter that separates and isolates the old mercury fillings so that they can be disposed of properly.

Due to questions concerning the safety of mercury (amalgam) fillings, the Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry does not use amalgam in its practice. Instead, PCCD uses dental composites - hard plastic that bonds to teeth. Amalgam fillings, which have been around since the 1870s, are now considered a less optimal material. Since composites come in the color of teeth, they look much better than silver fillings. Composites are very safe, very effective and are now BPA-free as well.

While some studies have shown mercury in amalgam fillings can leach into the mouth, studies vary widely on the amount or its effect on humans. Nevertheless, mercury from labs and dental practices contributes to increased levels of the toxic metal in wastewater and the environment. Dr. Field and the Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry are proud to put the environment and patient health first by using the latest technology in composite fillings and porcelain crowns.

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