Dental Amalgam

Dental amalgam is a filling material that has been used by dentists for over 150 years. A mixture of metals that typically includes silver, copper, and tin, dental amalgam fillings (often referred to as silver fillings or metal filings) also contain mercury, which has raised safety concerns among patients from time to time.

In response to those concerns, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), American Dental Association (ADA), and other organizations have conducted numerous studies over several decades and have repeatedly found that the small amount of mercury released during placement and removal of amalgam fillings does not cause adverse health effects.

Amalgam fillings remain a safe, cost-effective, and durable choice when it comes to the restoration of decayed teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions about Amalgam Fillings

Why is amalgam still used to fill teeth when composite materials are available?

What concerns are there with mercury and its effects on the body?

What is the ADA’s position regarding the use of silver amalgam fillings?

When is it appropriate to use composite fillings?

The bottom line

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has concluded that both amalgam and composite materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restoration.

If you still have concerns about amalgam fillings, please do not hesitate to call our office. It is important to us that you fully understand all available options when it comes to your oral health.

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