Is amalgam really dangerous?
How is amalgam removed?
The removal of old amalgam fillings is a critical moment that deserves special attention. Studies have shown that the patient's mercury exposure immediately after removing the amalgam increases significantly. This is due to the metal pulverised by the drill that remains in the patient's mouth and is swallowed. In addition, dangerous mercury vapours can form if the drill is not adequately cooled during the drilling process. For this reason, we routinely apply the following protective measures in our practice:
Alternatives to amalgam
After the gentle removal of amalgam, the question naturally arises as to which biologically harmless filling material can permanently replace it. Depending on the indication, we recommend:
> For front and side tooth fillings: composite fillings
> For large side tooth defects: inlays, onlays, or partial crowns made of ceramics
> For more detailed information on the treatment options described above, please see the section on Aesthetic Dentistry