What Is The Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique?

Photo showing amalgam fillings replaced with tooth colored composite fillings.

Do you have older dental fillings? They’re likely traditional silver fillings, which use a gray material called amalgam. Most dentists used these in the past, but as dentistry has advanced, tooth-colored composite resin fillings are more common. Did you know you can get your old silver fillings replaced? Here’s what to know.

Why Should You Remove Silver Fillings?

Amalgam is a strong material, but old fillings can shift and even leak as they age. This movement can create tiny fractures in your tooth, which weakens it. Small gaps between the filling’s edge and the surface of your tooth can also form, which makes you more vulnerable to decay.

What Is SMART?

SMART, which stands for Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique, is a technique established by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. Dentists certified in SMART can safely remove old amalgam fillings. We use a special Dent Air Vac that filters mercury vapors from the air during removal. Additionally, an advanced suction system collects any amalgam particles. Once the old filling is removed and safely disposed of, you’ll get a new biocompatible, BPA-free composite resin filling!

How Long Does it Take to Remove Old Fillings?

We can take out old amalgam fillings and put in new fillings in just one session. You’ll come into the appointment with amalgam silver and leave with a durable, biocompatible filling that’s custom-made to blend in with your smile.

Restorative Dentistry at Santa Teresa Smiles in Santa Teresa, NM & El Paso, TX

Dr. Oushy and the team are highly experienced at removing amalgam fillings and placing new ones made from composite resin. New composite resin looks better and doesn’t contain mercury. If you have questions about removing an old silver filling or you want to book an appointment, please contact us today!