Amalgam Removal

Amalgam removal is an important procedure because of concerns regarding the safety of mercury based fillings. We offer a completely safe protocol for amalgam removal to ensure reduced exposure during the removal of the amalgam restoration. This will involve a comprehensive exam with x-rays and answer to any questions you have regarding mercury, amalgam fillings and your health.


The Amalgam removal protocol at Dental Lounge will involve:

  • Providing an outside air source to prevent inhalation of mercury-laden aerosols.
  • Use of a rubber dam (non-latex, properly applied) to prevent debris getting down the throat.
  • A saliva projector behind the rubber dam will prevent any vapour penetrating through the gaps of the rubber dam.
  • Use of appropriate amounts of water-spray and high-volume suction to ensure debris are removed continuously, with the constant irrigation ensuring constant collection of debris.
  • Removing pieces of amalgam restorations in large pieces as possible to ensure limitation of aerosols being released.
  • Provide a mouth-rinse to ensure to pickup of dissolved mercury from the patients saliva.


Ensure to do your research before having your amalgam restorations removed and this can be done in conjunction with your dentist at the Dental Lounge. Materials used in our surgery to replace these restorations include composite resin, ceramic restorations including one day CEREC restorations or gold restorations. These materials will only be used on you after considerable discussion with yourself to no adverse reaction is caused by any of the replacement material used in the new restorations.

Special tungsten carbide burs are used for removal of amalgam restorations as they will break the amalgam into larger pieces, therefore allowing for less creating for amalgam particles.

A rubber dam is a sheet of rubber which is stretched over the teeth with holes to punch to isolate particular teeth to be worked on. Rubber dam acts as a shield to prevent amalgam particles and water spray containing dissolved amalgam contacting your mouth tissues, therefore preventing ingestion of the particles.

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