Dr. Benefield first conducts a thorough evaluation of your mouth. In addition to X-rays or CT scans, you may need tests to measure toxicity, sensitivity to mercury, and the neurological effects of metals in your mouth. The dentist ensures that you are protected from mercury vapor throughout the procedure with frequent water spray irrigation and suction to remove amalgam particles, vapor, and contaminated liquid. The treatment room is also well-ventilated.
After the amalgam is removed, tooth-colored replacement material is used to fill the space. The material is placed in layers, with each layer hardened by a curing light. The dentist then shapes and polishes the material to fit the tooth. If you are having several fillings removed, it may take more than one trip to the dentist to complete the procedure.
Your comfort is our number one priority. Most patients do well with local anesthetic, but anxious or fearful patients may need sedation to feel completely relaxed. Dr. Benefield offers nitrous oxide and oral sedation for patients with dental anxiety.
Visit Grand Dental today or call (970) 243-8580 to learn more. You can also use our online form to make an appointment.