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Biological dentist explains what to expect during safe amalgam removal 

Consult Dr. David Son, our renowned biological dentist for amalgam removal. Visit David Son DDS office in Irvine, CA

Not long ago, dentists commonly used metal amalgam when placing dental fillings. While this material was an economical and durable choice, its dark silver color is unsightly when you smile. It contains mercury, a heavy metal that the World Health Organization has recognized to be toxic to humans. Patients who are interested in safe amalgam removal and replacing it with a more biocompatible, natural-looking option travel from locations across the United States and the globe to visit the biological dental practice of David Son DDS in Irvine, California.

Benefits of tooth-colored fillings versus amalgam

 Tooth-colored fillings are made from composite resin, which offers many benefits for patients over traditional metal amalgam:

  •  It blends in with your smile
  • It does not contain any metals
  • It expands and contracts at the same rate that your natural tooth structure does, whereas metal amalgam expands more rapidly and can cause tooth fractures and breakage
  • The resin material does not cause tooth sensitivity issues like metal amalgam can
  • Resin fillings can form a better seal with the tooth, helping to prevent future bacterial infiltration and decay

What to expect during the safe amalgam removal process

Dr. David Son is a biological dentist committed to preserving each patient’s health and overall wellness through the use of biocompatible, safe materials and techniques. The removal of metal amalgam restorations has the potential to introduce harmful mercury particles and vapors, exposing both the patient and the dental team, so it is essential to work with a dentist who has several safety precautions in place. At our dental practice, this includes:

  • Providing you with an oxygen mask during your treatment so that you are only breathing medical-grade oxygen and not inhaling any mercury particles
  • Use of personal protective gear
  • Use of a liquid metal finder to detect any potential mercury leakage
  • An advanced ventilation system that removes any airborne mercury vapors from the circulating air
  • Replacing the amalgam filling with a healthy, natural-looking composite resin filling

If you have been considering getting your old metal amalgam fillings removed and replaced with a more natural-looking and biocompatible material, call the dental practice of David Son DDS, today at (949) 565-4929 to schedule your appointment!

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Why They Choose Us

Dr. David Son

Dr. David Son - Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dr. David Son brings a wealth of experience gained over two decades as a top biological dentist to our practice in Irvine, CA. He is recognized as an exceptional dentist due to his expertise and qualifications, among which is training in biological dentistry from Swiss Biohealth Clinic in Switzerland: Dr. Son is one of the few dentists in California to have been trained at this prestigious biological dentistry institute. His expertise benefits patients who are seeking advanced biological dental treatments from a dentist dedicated to excellence.