Dental Amalgam is the mixture of various metals with mercury, used for the filling of the tooth in dental surgery. With the concerns of presence of mercury in the mixture, this is now being replaced with porcelain and aesthetic composite resin. When the amalgam filling removal is done, mercury vapours are released which can be harmful for health. Hence certain methods are adopted for its removal. Rubber dam, air filtration methods are used to remove the for the dental amalgam removal treatment. In Rubber Dam method, a sheet of rubber is stretched around the tooth under treatment. Holes are made so that only the desired tooth is treated. This prevents the patients from inhaling mercury while the dentist is working on the dental amalgam removal. Rubber dam acts as a barrier to stop the amalgam particles, water and dental decay from ingesting. It is quick and easy method to get rid of amalgam particles and most patients feel comfortable with this method. In Air filtration method, a flexible arm or air suction duct is used to capture the vapours from the drilling process. It is the best way to stop the vapours of mercury to enter the patient's lungs by continuously have the air suction in mouth with a rubber dam applied to the teeth to work on it. Dentists sometimes prescribe supplements such as Vitamin C, Zinc, and Magnesium etc for the support the immune function and detoxification during extensive amalgam removal process.
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