Are Silver Fillings Safe?

When you need a filling, it's normal to wonder about how safe the materials actually are. Fortunately, dental fillings have been performed for centuries, and modern techniques are more safe than ever. Here's what to know about different kinds of fillings and what you can expect.

Amalgam Fillings

For over 150 years, millions of dental patients have received fillings made from a mixture of silver, copper, tin, and mercury. This substance, known as dental amalgam, has recently become a topic of hot discussion because of its use of mercury - which is well known for its damaging and debilitating properties when ingested in significant quantities.

Both the FDA as well as the American Dental Association (ADA) have studied amalgam time and again, and both organizations have released statements explaining that the trace amounts of mercury released into the body by way of these dental fillings is nowhere near enough to cause adverse effects in the body. These results have been researched extensively so that dentists who have been using amalgam fillings can still confidently provide these safe and affordable dental solutions to their patients. Amalgam fillings are the tried and true method of dental repairs and are the most affordable solution if you need a dental filling. Depending on the preexisting damage to the tooth, your dentist might even recommend an amalgam filling over all other options, since it's the strongest and most long-lasting of all filling materials.

Composite Resin Fillings

Alternatively to amalgam fillings, composite resin has also become a popular choice for dentists and patients alike who value the aesthetic invisibility that this tooth-colored solution provides. This more recent and increasingly popular dental filling material not only helps to strengthen and repair a damaged tooth, but also contributes to enhancing a smile post-dental-work, as composite resin is completely invisible to the naked eye. If you want to keep a natural-looking smile may, this can be a great option.

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The best way to learn more about the right filling materials for you is by meeting with Dr. Kandar. To get started, we invite you to contact our San Francisco office by calling (415) 523-9178 or booking an appointment online.

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