Many people have concerns about amalgam fillings, often referred to as silver fillings, and not just because of the way they look. Amalgam fillings contain about 50% mercury—more mercury than silver. Knowing that mercury is toxic causes many people to wonder if the mercury in the fillings can leak out and damage their health. If you want an alternative to amalgam fillings, you will find dentists who use mercury-free fillings at Hillsdale Dental Care.
For more than one hundred years, dental amalgam has been used to fill cavities. Dental schools still train students in the use of amalgam fillings, and many dentists still use them. But as mentioned, many people want dental care that does not include the use of mercury.
Our dentists prefer white composite fillings. A mixture of glass or quartz, with plastic resin, is used to make white fillings. How do composite fillings compare with mercury fillings?
Mercury-Free Fillings vs Amalgam Fillings
- Composite fillings bond to teeth, strengthen them and protect them from decay. Although amalgam is a stronger material, it rests on teeth and weakens them, which increases the potential for needing more dental work on them.
- Teeth filled with dental composite are less sensitive to heat and cold. Amalgam fillings, which are made of metal, quickly transfer heat or cold to your teeth, making them more sensitive.
- Less removal of your tooth structure is required when you receive white fillings.
- Tooth-colored fillings blend in naturally with your teeth. You can laugh or smile with confidence that the fillings in your teeth are concealed. Amalgam fillings eventually turn dark and become increasingly noticeable.
If you are interested in mercury-free fillings, contact us to schedule an appointment. If you have questions that you want to ask first about this treatment, request a complimentary consultation.