11 Jul Thinking About Having Your Metal Fillings Removed? 3 Things to Know
Metal fillings, also known as amalgam fillings, are often removed for aesthetic reasons or health concerns. Some patients want to change how their fillings look, while others worry about the mercury in the fillings.
At Kozlow and Rowell, our priority is to care for your entire body. Our dentists are experts in the safe removal of amalgam fillings. Kozlow and Rowell can recommend metal-free materials to replace your metal fillings and help keep your smile bright.
If you’re considering removing your metal fillings, here are 3 things you should know before the removal.
1. It takes 1-2 hours.
Removing your metal fillings can be achieved in just one appointment so that you can carry on as normal with daily life. On average, metal filling removal takes approximately 1-2 hours.
The aim is to minimize the amount of drilling, so we remove the fillings in large chunks. This method reduces the release of mercury vapor.
Once we’ve removed the amalgam filling from each tooth, we clean them before starting the replacement process.
2. The process is pain-free.
Many patients are anxious about removing their metal fillings because they’re concerned about pain. Having your metal fillings removed is like having a routine filling. Your dentist will give you a local anesthetic so the process is pain-free.
3. You should avoid eating certain foods after the procedure.
After you’ve had your fillings removed, your dentist will advise you to undergo a mercury detox. Detoxing your body of mercury is part of the overall removal process. During your detox, you should avoid foods and drinks like sugar, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, processed foods, seafood, and even chewing gum.
To help your body detoxify the mercury, consume food and drinks rich in vitamin C, high in protein, and those that include healthy fats such as avocados, nuts, and seeds. Fresh vegetables are an essential part of your detox, along with lots of water. Even spices like garlic and ginger can be beneficial.
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Kozlow and Rowell are certified in SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique). Your in-office procedure will follow the SMART method; we minimize exposure to harmful metals in the metal fillings.
Kozlow and Rowell are happy to answer questions and discuss any concerns regarding safe metal filling removal, so get in touch today to find out more.