Are Silver Fillings Safe?

Restorative Dentistry Los Altos


tooth-colored-fillingsOver the last several years, people have talked amongst themselves about the benefits and the dangers of dental fillings: the facts are in, and studies show you likely have nothing to fear, regardless of what material your fillings are made from!

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 amongst those who are weary of mercury intake, as mercury has become 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 and re- researched 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 for patients in need of a dental filling. Depending on the preexisting damage in a patient’s mouth, a dentist might even recommend an amalgam filling over all other options, as it is the strongest and most long-lasting of all filling materials.

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 recently developed 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. Those who value the beauty of a natural- looking smile may be more inclined to opt for this new standard in modern dentistry when considering their options for a dental fillings, and a dentist might recommend composite resin as a solution for those who wish not to disclose their little (silver) dental secrets.


For more information about dental fillings and the best options available to you, call your Los Altos dentists Dr. McBirney and Dr. Diamond today at 650-948-0786