Dental fillings made of mercury can leak, permitting decay and discoloration of the tooth’s natural enamel. Fillings containing large amounts of mercury will expand and contract, and possibly lead to cracking or breaking of the tooth. This can be painful and most likely will demand costly and time-consuming dental treatment. It can take several visits to the dentist to restore the tooth. This includes placing of a dental crown and possibly root canal treatment. In more extreme cases, removal of the tooth may be required.
The good news is that advances in modern dentistry now offer safer and more cosmetically appealing options for replacement of old mercury fillings. This may include composite or tooth-colored fillings, as well as porcelain inlays and onlays.The following steps will be taken when you arrive at our St. Paul, MN General Dentist office for removal of your mercury fillings:
- A rubber dam will be placed in your mouth to prevent debris from being swallowed.
- During removal we will use cold water to keep the mercury cool and prevent possible release of mercury vapors.
- The filling is removed in chunks since drilling the mercury increases the chance of releasing harmful vapors.
- High-volume vacuum equipment is used to remove airborne particles of mercury and its vapor.
You do not have to live with unattractive and potentially harmful mercury fillings. If you are concerned about this issue, contact our office for a consultation to discuss your case and develop a treatment plan.