Dental amalgam is composed of a mixture of metals, including silver, mercury, tin, copper and other trace metals. Amalgam has been used in dental fillings for over 100 years, and some dentists still use it today. In recent years there has been controversy surrounding the use of amalgam in fillings and other dental treatments. Amalgam fillings contain mercury, which can be harmful to your overall health and is released into your body in small amounts through amalgam fillings. Composite fillings, on the other hand, are free of mercury. Furthermore, amalgam fillings often eventually lead to tooth fractures and cracks, while composite restorations can actually help to strengthen the tooth structure. Composite dental fillings are also a more aesthetic choice for your smile: while amalgam dental fillings are silver in color, composite fillings are tooth-colored and can be matched to blend in with your smile’s natural appearance.
Some of the ways in which composite fillings are superior to amalgam fillings include:
Our dentists and team do not use any materials or products that contain mercury. We have been trained in safe dental amalgam removal, and we can often complete this treatment in a single comfortable visit to our office. For more information about amalgam removal and the benefits of mercury-free dentistry, we invite you to call or visit us today. We are dedicated to your health and are happy to answer any questions you may have about amalgam and mercury.