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Mercury Filling Removal at Denver Dentistry

There are three reasons why it may be very problematic to have mercury fillings in your teeth:

  1. They are 50% mercury, which has been linked to causing birth defects and reproductive harm.
  2. Mercury fillings are unsightly and there are many better options available for patients.
  3. Mercury fillings may contribute to health problems even when they are in place in your teeth, such as neurological damage or kidney failure later in life.

Removing mercury fillings is strongly recommended by many doctors and scientists, but it is important to make sure that the proper precautions are taken.


What are the steps when having a Mercury filling removed?

First, you will be taken to a room that has the proper high-volume air filtration system capable of removing mercury vapor and amalgam particles.

Next, you will be given an absorbent charcoal rinse.

Dr. Grabiak will put a secure dental dam around the tooth with the mercury filling. 

Protective gowns and covers will be worn by everyone in the room. The staff will wear respiratory masks and gloves, and to protect your skin, clothing, and airways, a full body impermeable barrier will be put around the dental dam. External air or oxygen will be delivered via a nasal mask or cannula to assure that you breathe only filtered air throughout the procedure.

The filling will be sectioned and removed in pieces as large as possible to prevent small particles from being released. 

Once the removal process is complete, your mouth will be thoroughly flushed with water and you will be given another charcoal slurry to rise with and swallow which will absorb any potential residue. 

If you have any questions about our mercury removal process, please contact us today so we can answer any questions you may have.