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The importance of safe mercury filling removal for patients near Winston Salem, NC

If you’ve had a filling filled sometime in your life, changes you are that you have an amalgam filling. For over a century, these silver fillings have been the standard of care for dentists all over the world. Amalgam fillings were originally invented as an alternative to gold fillings because they were long-lasting yet more affordable. At Virtue Dental Care, we provide our patients in the Winston-Salem, NC with safe mercury removal. Following guidelines published by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT), we can safely remove these fillings and replace them with natural looking-biocompatible fillings.

Amalgam fillings containing mercury can be harmful when exposed to the body

What’s the problem with mercury?

Many studies have been published in recent years highlighting the dangers of mercury, both to individuals and the environment. As more and more people have become aware of the toxicity, its use in commercial and household products such as thermometers has stopped, however it’s still used in amalgam fillings.

It’s because of this vapor release that we must be extremely careful when removing amalgam fillings.

How are amalgam fillings safely removed?

If an individual is concerned about the safety of amalgam fillings to their health, they can trust the team at Virtue Dental care to safely remove the filling and replace it with an alternative such as composite resin. Our team closely follows the steps recommended by the IAOMT for maintaining the safety of the patient, staff, and environment during the procedure.

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The steps followed in the removal process include:

  • Isolation – It’s important to isolate the work area where the amalgam filling is located. A rubber dam is used to isolate the tooth or teeth with the fillings.
  • Suction – It’s important to capture the mercury vapor and particles as the filings is removed. A high volume suction system is used during the removal of amalgam.
  • Chunking – We always make sure to remove the filling in big chunks because it requires less drilling and a smaller release of vapors. We only drill enough to cut the filling into chunks. The chunks are then removed with an instrument or via suction.
  • Cooling – Even with the chunking method, the dental drill can generate a significant amount of heat which can increase the release of mercury particles and vapor. We use both water and air to cool the filling while we’re drilling.
  • Oxygen – We use alternative air sources to prevent the inhalation of mercury vapors.
  • Disposal – We take every precaution when it comes to disposing of the removed amalgam filling to prevent Mercury exposure to the environment.

What happens after removal?

Virtue Dental Care follows strict protocols to ensure the safe removal of these fillings before replacing them with biocompatible alternatives

Once the amalgam filling has been removed, we can replace it with a biocompatible composite resin filling. These tooth colored fillings are safe, long-lasting, and blend in seamlessly with the tooth.

Safe, holistic care you can count on

At Virtue Dental Care, we truly care about the overall health and wellbeing of our patients. We never use amalgam fillings and make sure that any treatment we provide is done with safe materials. If you have amalgam fillings and would like to learn more about the removal procedure, we invite you to call our office today at 336-606-0040 to request an appointment. In addition to safe mercury removal, we offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic, restorative, and biological dentistry solutions.


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William Virtue, DDS, AGD, FIAOMT, DNM studied dentistry at Indiana University and opened Virtue Dental Care in 1979. He became interested in biological dentistry many years ago as he realized that dentistry should benefit one’s overall health and not just oral health. That is why he practices mercury-safe, biocompatible dentistry in accordance with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology’s (IAOMT) health and safety standards. He is SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) certified by the IAOMT too.
Dr. Virtue was President of the Forum for Contemporary Dental Esthetics and the IAOMT, of which he is also a Fellow. He enjoys teaching biological dentistry to dentists and staff. He continues to educate himself on developments in dentistry to provide the best services for patients.

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Mary Katherine Taylor, DDS, ADA, NCDS, AIAOMT became interested in dentistry at an early age and volunteered at dental clinics. A student of Starmount High School and Wake Forest University, she earned her dental degree from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. She is passionate about education and prevention: She updates her knowledge with a variety of continuous education courses while teaching patients about caring for and maintaining their teeth for a long, healthy life.