Amalgam Removal: An Alternative to Mercury Fillings in Austin, TX

Amalgam Removal: An Alternative to Mercury Fillings in Austin, TX

Although dental amalgam has been endorsed by the ADA as a safe, affordable and durable material used to restore the teeth of more than 100 million Americans, many patients in the great Austin area are opting to replace their silver fillings with more natural tooth-colored alternatives. If you’re considering amalgam removal or replacement, keep reading to learn more.

Understanding the Basics Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings contain a mixture of metals such as silver, copper and tin, in addition to mercury, which is used as a binding ingredient to shape these components into a hard, stable and safe substance. Although dental amalgam has been studied and reviewed extensively and has established a record of safety and effectiveness, there are some general concerns that some patients take into consideration when considering its suitability.

The following are two of the most commonly cited reasons that amalgam removal might be a good option for your dental care in Austin, TX.

  1. Because amalgam is not bondable, it can promote tooth decay. The microscopic gap between the amalgam and the tooth will eventually allow for moisture and bacteria to creep in and cause recurrent decay.
  2. Because of the material used in amalgam fillings, it will undergo temperature changes that can cause the filling to expand and contract. This shift can diminish the tooth’s overall integrity over time and result in the already compromised tooth to crack and split.

How Amalgam Removal is Performed at Lifetime Smiles

As with the removal of any material that is not desirable, the primary concern is to minimize its release into the surrounding area. A good analogy of this is asbestos or lead-paint containment. In instances such as those, barriers are used, and professional practices are adhered to. The same is true for amalgam removal in Austin, TX when performed by the professional and caring staff at Lifetime Smiles. Some of the more common techniques include the use of:

  • Rubber dams
  • Suction tips
  • Slow speed drills that are water-cooled
  • High volume air filtration
  • Chunk removal
  • Oxygen administration
  • Activated charcoal

Our Commitment to You

Dr. Arzegar is absolutely committed to his patients’ health and satisfaction. Going to the dentist isn’t just about making sure your teeth are healthy, but also ensuring that they look stunning. At Lifetime Smiles, you can expect outstanding results and improved dental health in a spa-like atmosphere that caters to the whole person. Make an appointment today to learn more about amalgam removal in Austin, TX.

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