Amalgam Removal

Why change your amalgam filings?

In the past amalgam alloy was a material of choice and for the lack of better filling substitute, and it and it played its part in the oral health of several generations of New Zealanders. Now days most of our work as restorative dentist consists of replacing amalgam fillings. So why should you consider replacing your amalgam fillings:

  • The colour is one of the obvious ones. Its It has a metal appearance which does not match the rest of the tooth standing out in the smile, bringing unnecessary attention to the restorations. Sometimes amalgam fillings can shine through the tooth structure giving it a grey appearance or even tattooing the gum adjacent to the filling.

  • Being metal by nature amalgam filling expands and contracts at a different rate to the natural tooth causing irreversible crack.

We use safe practices :

-we always use rubber dam to prevent any residue going down your throat.

-high volume evacuation suction to reduce vapor discharge

-using water during drilling-therefore reduce harmful vapor




leaky filling with caries…



Rubber dam isolation is the first step in amalgam removal

Amalgam removal reveals the extent of the problem

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Final results

Properly fabricated composite restoration

Please see our Gallery for more examples of our work. We are always happy to answer your questions (09) 600-31110

Victoria Riechelmann