Our office is SMART-certified, which means we go to the greatest lengths possible to protect you, ourselves, our patients, and our planet when removing mercury amalgam “silver” fillings to replace them with biocompatible alternatives.
These science-based guidelines were developed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, and include the use of protective coverings, air filtering and alternative oxygen sources, water irrigation, and high volume suction.
Additionally, our treatment rooms are negative-pressured to remove any residual mercury vapor during the procedure to insure no re-circulation of air throughout the office.
You can learn more about our safety protocol here.
Biocompatible Options for Replacing Mercury Amalgam Fillings
Besides being highly toxic, mercury amalgam is a poor restorative material, which is why we almost always find decay lurking below. Amalgam can lead to tooth fractures, nor does it mix with other metals in your mouth, such as gold.
Using our intra-oral camera, Dr. Colpitts can show you the effects of mercury fillings on your own teeth
The better options for restoring teeth are composite and ceramic/porcelain.
“Tooth Colored” Composite
Composite resin materials can be bonded directly to the remaining enamel structure once the amalgam and any decay has been removed. The two most common materials we use are Ivoclar and VOCO Empress Direct.
Always, we aim to use the most biologically appropriate materials available for stability, longevity, and aesthetics. This means they’re BPA-free and fluoride-free, as well. However, composites do tend to wear down faster than natural tooth enamel or porcelain restorations.
Because of this, they’re typically recommended for small fillings or teeth toward the front of the mouth, which experience less wear from chewing.
There are three kinds of restorations that can be done using ceramic or porcelain: crowns, inlays, and onlays. These restore at least one wall of the tooth, as well as its biting surface. With the CEREC technology we have in our office, we can often place these biocompatible restorations in a single visit.
In fact, you can even watch as the restoration is being designed and milled from a block of EMAX, our preferred material for such restorations!
The crown, inlay, or onlay is then chemically bonded to your tooth, restoring your tooth’s original strength.
How Much Does Mercury Replacement Cost?
Unfortunately, there’s no single, simple answer to this question. The total treatment cost depends on the number of teeth being treated, the number of amalgam surfaces being removed, and the specific type of replacement restoration needed for each tooth.
After a thorough oral exam with diagnostic imaging, we will be able to provide you a detailed treatment plan with costs for all recommended procedures.
G. Thomas Colpitts, DDS, AIAOMT
2448 E 81st Street, Suite 1600
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137