Over the years, dental technology has continued to improve. One of those improvements has been the development of composite or tooth colored fillings, which are quickly replacing the traditional amalgam fillings that contain trace amounts of mercury. If you do not feel comfortable with your original fillings, call Kathy Cosmetic Dentistry at 818-347-1550 today to make an appointment with Dr. Kathy Daroee for mercury removal in Woodland Hills, California.
At our office our dentist uses the DentAirVac, which is part of the Dental Mercury Vapor and Oral Aerosol Vacuum Systems (DAV VII Turbo) line of products. Dr. Daroee uses the DentAirVac as part of the amalgam removal process to keep you and our dental team safe from the microbiological contaminants and toxic vapors that might be produced when silver fillings are removed. Not only does this vacuum remove these potentially dangerous substances but also keeps the air in the exam room clean as well.
When and amalgam filling is removed from your tooth, you, Dr. Daroee and our team can be exposed to vapors containing mercury and other contaminants. By using this system, our team can everyone involved in the treatment safe from things such as:
- Particulates from dental prophy powder
- Dust from the removal
- Small amounts of smoke that can be a biproduct of dental laser usage
- Mercury vapors
If you would like to know more about removing amalgam fillings and the many ways our team keeps you safe during every visit to our office, please contact our office today.
Safe Mercury Removal FAQ
What is dental amalgam?
Dental amalgam is composed of a mixture of metals, including silver, mercury, tin, copper and other trace metals. It has been used in dental fillings for over 100 years and is still used by a number of dentists today. However, the mercury contained in this material may be harmful to your overall health. Our dentist and team have chosen to use only composite materials in your dental fillings and offer safe mercury removal procedures to replace old amalgam fillings.
How is silver amalgam removed?
When Dr. Daroee removes your old amalgam fillings, she will use a small drill to section the filling into chunks and take it out of your mouth. We are specially trained to complete this procedure safely and efficiently and will replace your old fillings with tooth-colored restorations after the amalgam has all been removed and your tooth cleaned.
What steps are taken to protect me from mercury during this procedure?
Our office features special equipment, including the cutting-edge DentalAirVac system, as part of your procedure. The Air Vac works to remove microbiological contaminants, particles and toxic vapors that may be produced when your silver fillings are removed. This ensures your safety as well as the safety of our team during your procedure.