An amalgam of metal and mercury used to be the only material used for filling a cavity. Amalgam fillings are very durable and effective, but there is a concern about mercury leaking out of the filling and being absorbed by the body.
A better alternative is tooth-colored fillings that are made of composite resin, zirconium, or porcelain. Tooth-colored materials blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, and the dentist can match the color for the best look. Composite resin also eliminates the potential hazards associated with mercury in amalgam fillings.
If you want to replace old amalgam fillings with tooth-colored fillings, visit Grand Dental today. Colorado dentist Dr. Benefield is the only practitioner in the area who provides safe amalgam removal. You are protected from exposure to toxic elements, like mercury, while the old filling is removed. The replacement filling is also biocompatible for better overall health.
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 removal, 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 a 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 for amalgam removal.