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Amalgam filling removal

Remove amalgam fillings to replace with white fillings at Bow Lane Dental Group.

Amalgam Removal London

    Generally, when you go to the dentist to get a cavity filled, your dentist will give you a choice between amalgam dental fillings and tooth-coloured composite fillings.

    Not so long ago – around 15 to 20 years ago – amalgam fillings, or silver fillings as they're more commonly known, were the only option offered to patients.

    Despite their strength and durability, safety concerns have been raised about these types of fillings, and many patients are opting to have theirs removed and replaced with a composite alternative. This is why at Bow Lane Dental we no longer offer amalgam fillings and in fact recommend removing them to replace with composite fillings. If you've got a silver filling you'd like to remove, our expert dentist here at Bow Lane Dental will be more than happy to help.

    To book a consultation, or find out more about amalgam filling removal, get in touch with our friendly reception team today!

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    If your amalgam fillings aren't causing you any problems, and they're generally still in good condition, then there's no need to remove them.

    You can have mercury amalgam fillings removed and replaced with a composite filling for aesthetic reasons if you choose, but we wouldn't recommend this, as the drilling required for removal can cause unnecessary loss of healthy tooth structure.However, amalgam filling removal may be considered medically necessary if:

    They're broken - when amalgam fillings chip, crack or otherwise become worn, mercury can leak out of them and be inhaled or ingested – causing adverse health effects.

    You have tooth decay beneath the filling - active tooth decay left to escalate beneath an amalgam filling can spread to nearby teeth and lead to further complications throughout your mouth. 

    You have a mercury allergy - amalgam fillings are made up of a combination of different materials, including liquid mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin and copper. Of course, if you've since discovered you've got a mercury allergy, you should opt to have your amalgam filling removed as soon as possible.

    Amalgam filling removal process

    Prior to removing mercury fillings, there are a few things you'll need to do to prepare and maximise the potential health benefits. This includes:

    1. Eating a diet high in organic fruit and vegetables and, if possible, limiting your consumption of tinned fish products (like tuna or swordfish) as these contain high levels of mercury.
    2. Drinking plenty of water – between 8-10 glasses – every day to allow for the proper functioning of routes of detoxification and excretion.
    3. Removing amalgam fillings is a pretty straightforward and relatively painless process, that can be completed, in most cases, in under an hour.
    4. First, your dentist will use a drill to break the filling up into smaller pieces, using a high-pressure suction tool to ensure that no debris or mercury vapour is inhaled or ingested by the patient or dental team.
    5. Once the entire filling has been removed, your dentist will replace it with a tooth-coloured composite filling - placing it in your mouth in layers to gradually fill the hole and using a UV light to cure it in place.

    After the procedure you should:

    • Rest. If you can, take the day off work and make sure to get plenty of sleep. Do not over-exercise and nap, if you feel you need to.
    • After 24 hours, you can get back to your regular exercise routine, as this will help keep all your organs functioning properly.
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    When you choose mercury filling removal here at Bow Lane Dental, our founder and expert dentist, James Goolnik, will oversee your treatment.

    James is a member of The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and is fully SMART certified – meaning he has completed all the relevant training to ensure he can remove dental amalgam fillings safely.

    The cost to remove amalgam fillings can be viewed on our fees page– regardless of how many fillings need to be removed – on top of the usual exam and composite fees.

    To find out more about our dentists at Bow Lane, or to enquire about dental finance to cover the cost of your treatment, get in touch with our friendly reception team today!

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