Some dentists use fillings made of dental amalgam. These are comprised of many different types of metal ground into a powder and then mixed with mercury. Mercury makes up about half of the amalgam mixture. Mercury is now known to pose several health risks, and so some elect to have their amalgam fillings removed and replaced with a safer material, either to avoid mercury or an allergy to another metal in the amalgam. If you are looking for an amalgam removal in Santa Barbara, California, please visit our dentist, Dr. Thomas Blake. To schedule a visit, give us a call at 805-962-5000 today.