Are Amalgam Dental Fillings Safe?

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For more than 150 years, amalgam fillings have been used by dentists everywhere to fill cavities. However, in recent years after knowledge of what mercury and other heavy metals can do to your body’s overall health, a few people have questioned the safety of amalgam fillings.

Today we’ll address those concerns and show why our team at Riverdale Dental Center in Brighton, Colorado, offers amalgam fillings to our patients.

Are they safe?

The main cause for concern in an amalgam filling is mercury. While other metals, such as zinc, copper, and tin are also present, it’s the mercury that worries most people.

However, after extensive research by the Food and Drug Administration, the officials found no reason to limit the use of amalgam fillings. The levels of mercury in the filling are so low they won’t have a negative effect on your oral, or systemic, health.

What other options exist?

If you’re still nervous about amalgam fillings or want something with more cosmetic appeal, it’s now possible to get tooth-colored fillings so you don’t end up with the splotches of silver in your mouth that are associated with amalgam fillings.

For more information on fillings and what your options are, call us today at 303.659.1920.