Amalgam Filling Removal

Old mercury alloy fillings should be treated carefully to avoid poisoning risk.

What are amalgam fillings?

Amalgam is also known as mercury alloy. It has been used in older dental practices to fill cavities in teeth.

Mercury can be harmful to humans and is no longer used in modern dentistry practices. This leaves patients with amalgam fillings unsure what to do.

Diagram of an amalgam mercury alloy filling

If I have amalgam fillings, should I have them removed?

Amalgam (mercury alloy) fillings are not used in modern dentistry. We never use amalgam for our tooth fillings. If you know you have amalgam fillings however, there is no cause for immediate alarm.

While we are not a fan of you having amalgam in your mouth, we would only recommend having it removed if you are having trouble with the filling as removal risks the release of toxins and can be expensive.

How are amalgam fillings removed safely?

We can remove amalgam fillings safely so that there is not risk to you. If you have amalgam fillings there is no immediate need to remove them. The risk and costs of removal are generally higher than leaving them in place. However, if you experience any issues with your fillings, we can discuss the best treatment options to ensure there is no risk to you.

Are you worried about your amalgam fillings?

Get a professional assessment by Dr. Finkelstein to determine the best course of action.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.  Dr Finkelstein will explain these to you carefully at the time of your consultation as well as address any questions you may have.  We also recommend before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.