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Replacing Fillings with Mercury-Free Material

Dentists have used silver amalgam fillings in restorative procedures for decades, but today, we have safer metal-free alternatives. In fact, many patients choose to undergo amalgam filling removalDr. Chester V. Clark, Jr. provides this service at our holistic dentistry practice in Amity, AR. Because amalgam fillings can release harmful mercury vapors, properly removing these types of fillings requires a highly trained doctor and sophisticated approach. We serve patients in a Christian environment, using only techniques and materials that can benefit our patients' health for years to come. Replacing traditional restorations with tooth-colored composite fillings provides significant benefits.

3-D illustration demonstrating difference between amalgam and composite fillings.
A composite filling is not only a more cosmetic option, but also a safer one in the long term. 

A Closer Look at Metal Fillings

Amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings, are made of a mixture of metals including mercury, which makes the filling material pliable. Mercury vapor can present a number of hazards to your health:

  • Issues with proper brain function
  • Increased risk of Alzheimer's disease
  • Neurotoxic effects on infants during pregnancy
  • Decreased kidney function

During the removal process, patients can be exposed to mercury vapors if the dentist does not take many important precautionary measures.

What to Expect during Treatment

When given the choice, most patients would never choose to have metal placed in their bodies. Millions still have metal fillings and are interested in having them removed.

In order to safely and properly remove metal fillings, dental professionals must adhere to strictly outlined criteria.  During the removal process, patients can be exposed to mercury vapors if the dentist does not take many important precautionary measures.

The Removal Process

To begin, a local anesthetic can be provided to numb the area, though many patients find this precaution unnecessary. Throughout treatment, Dr. Clark uses an amalgam separator and a high-speed, high-volume suction device to safely collect any extraneous mercury as the metal is removed from the affected tooth or teeth. This specialized vacuum is fitted with a clean-up device and will be placed a small distance from your chin. You will also be provided with an oxygen mask to further minimize your risk of mercury exposure.

Detoxifying the Body

Once treatment is complete, you will be provided with activated charcoal to swish and spit out. This can capture any lingering mercury molecules. Dr. Clark also recommends that patients take lypo-spheric vitamin C capsules to further aid the detoxification process. Most fillings can be removed and replaced within an hour and a half. If you are addressing two or more restorations, expect to allow more time for your visit.

Replacing Metal Fillings

In order to guard against dental sensitivity and restore proper chewing function, you will typically receive a composite filling. Dr. Clark can place this restoration during the same visit or provide you with a temporary filling until you return to our office for a second appointment. 

Your Health Comes First

We often hear that if patients understood removing their old, silver fillings could be such a simple, comfortable experience, they would have done it years ago. Choose a practice that makes your long-term health the top priority. The team at Amity Gentle Dental provides assistance in both English and Spanish. Call (870) 342-5265 or email us today to schedule your consultation. 

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439 E. Thompson St
Amity, AR 71921

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