Dental amalgam “silver colored’ fillings is made from a combination of metals and has been used in dentistry for over 100 years because of its durability and longevity.
Because of their durability, these silver-colored fillings are often the best choice for large cavities or those that occur in the back teeth where a lot of force is needed to chew. Amalgam hardens quickly so it is useful in areas that are difficult to keep dry during placement. Because it takes less time to place than tooth-colored fillings, amalgam is also an effective material for children and special needs people who may have a difficult time staying still during treatment.
Is Dental Amalgam Safe?
Although dental amalgam is a safe, commonly used dental material, you may wonder about its mercury content. It’s important to know that when combined with the other metals, it forms a safe, stable material. Be assured that credible scientific studies affirm the safety of dental amalgam. Study after study shows amalgam is safe and effective for filling cavities. The 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, and amalgam poses no health risk.
Composite resins , or tooth-colored fillings, are a good option for patients with small cavities that do not need to withstand heavy biting forces. Though they are more natural looking than ‘silver fillings’ composite fillings can take longer to place because the tooth needs to be completely isolated and dry while the cavity is being filled.
Composites can cost more than amalgam and occasionally are not covered by some insurance plans. No dental filling lasts forever, studies have shown that composite fillings can be less durable and need to be replaced more often than amalgam fillings .
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