Amalgam Restoration

Gentle amalgam restoration – rid yourself of old burdens

For a long time, amalgam was the cheapest and longest-lasting material for fillings and was earlier used as the standard filling material for damaged teeth. Many patients have lived for 20 years or more with these fillings and have had no complications.

Today amalgam is considered problematic and no longer a material appropriate to the times. Amalgam is suspected of inducing allergies and chronic skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis in many. For years it has been discussed whether amalgam could be harmful to the body. The fact is that amalgam is roughly half-mercury and it is better not to have it in the human body. Because mercury is poisonous, it can lead to physical symptoms such as headaches, exhaustion or stomach pain, a metallic taste in the mouth, or joint problems. If this is the case, a gentle removal of the amalgam is especially important.

Replacement with more compatible materials

Amalgam fillings expand imperceptibly due to the absorption of fluids. This can cause small fractures in the tooth. A part of the tooth may break off at some point, and often the piece lost is so large that the tooth cannot be filled and restored with conventional materials, causing additional expenses.

Another factor that speaks to the removal of amalgam in teeth is that if other metals are present in the mouth, bridges or crowns or prostheses for example, these can cause electrical currents in the mouth. These are called galvanic currents. They can then cause irritation to the mucous membranes and nerve pain. Alongside the physical reasons for replacing amalgam there are also aesthetic reasons. Ugly dark fillings and so-called "amalgam streets" can be disruptive when laughing or speaking.

We gently remove amalgam fillings. The teeth are first isolated with a dental dam to prevent patients from swallowing amalgam particles and to prevent the particles from contacting the rest of the mouth. To prevent as much mercury as possible from separating from the amalgam, the amalgam filling is broken out in large chunks instead of being drilled out. A maximum of 2-3 fillings can be replaced per appointment, and the appointments must be spaced carefully. This slow cycle of amalgam replacements reduces the amount of mercury vapour that can be present during removal. Old amalgam treatments are replaced with more agreeable substances. Please contact us for a consultation.


Family Dental Practice
Dr. Lea Recoder

Zahnärztin SSO

Inwilerstrasse 3
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