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Silver Fillings

Dental amalgam also described as “silver-fillings”, has been used by dentists for more than a century. It is made from a combination of metals like mercury, silver, tin, zinc and copper. The main advantage of Amalgam when compared to other fillings materials (such as tooth-colored or composites or gold fillings) is that they are very inexpensive and they are very durable even in stress bearing areas in the mouth. Because of their durability, these silver-colored fillings are often the best choice for large cavities and when the cavities are below gum line when it is not critical to maintain a moisture free environment. This is why Amalgam is commonly used in kids and special needs patients.

Although the major disadvantage of amalgam is appearance of itself, it is still choice of material for many clinicians but ideally avoided in the front of the mouth.

Is Dental Amalgam Safe?

Many people think it might not be safe to use Amalgam filling as they contain mercury. It is very important to know that when in combined form with the other metals, it forms a very safe and stable material. Many studies have shown and confirm the safety of Dental amalgam. Extensive research and s tudy after study shows amalgam is safe and effective for filling cavities.

Organizations like American Dental Association , U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U. S. Food and Drug Administration and World Health Organization all agree that based on extensive scientific evidence, dental amalgam is a safe and effective cavity-filling material. The Alzheimer’s Association , American Academy of Pediatrics, Autism Society of America and National Multiple Sclerosis Society —all science-based organizations like the ADA—also say that amalgam poses no health risk.

It was recently stated by Mayo Clinic Research team that the form of mercury (actually known as methylmercury) which accumulates in fish and lead to health problems when ingest more is not the form of mercury used in silver amalgam material. They reaffirmed that Dental Silver Fillings were safe and durable.

As your dentist our utmost priority is your health and safety. That’s why we continuously educate ourselves to be up to date and current with all research in the dental world.

Cavity prevention

Prevention is better than cure. Ideally no filling is always better than any kind of filling. The best way to decrease the risk of cavities and other dental diseases is simply by:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste
  • Flossing daily
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Visiting the dentist regularly
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