Did you know that silver fillings actually contain very little silver? Amalgam fillings, or 'silver fillings' as they're commonly referred to, are a mixture of metals. About half of the filling is made of liquid mercury while the other half is a mixture of silver, tin and copper. Over the last few years, there have been many health concerns raised about the safety of using these fillings made of mercury as it is a known toxin. There is still much debate about the safety of these fillings but many believe that the mercury can cause health issues as the fillings age. Amalgam is a metal which expands and contracts with hot, cold and biting. Therefore, with every meal the teeth are being weakened and over time and depending on the size of the filling the tooth becomes susceptible to fracturing. The literature is very unclear as to the amount of mercury that is released from amalgams and the long term effects on the entire body.
Disadvantages of Amalgam Fillings:
- Contains mercury
- Possibility of allergic reaction
- Potential to cause tooth sensitivity
- Can weaken the tooth
- Possibility of staining around the fillings
If you're concerned about the safety of having these amalgam or silver fillings, you'll be happy to know we offer silver filling replacements with more natural looking composite fillings. These fillings are made to match the color of your teeth and are as close as dentistry has ever been to restoring a tooth to its original strength and appearance after decay or damage.
Advantages of Composite Fillings:
- Look more natural
- Require less drilling
- Strengthens tooth when bonded
- Repairable if damaged
- Less likely to cause sensitivity
- Can replace amalgam fillings