Should I be concerned about my amalgam fillings?
If you’re concerned about your dental fillings in Coffs Harbour, NSW, we would like to set your mind at ease.
Amalgam fillings are generally silver-coloured and sturdy. They tend to last for a long time and are not cause for concern. Amalgam fillings have been in use for decades and are still around today, in fact.
An amalgam filling relies on powdered alloy, which generally includes copper, silver and tin. This alloy is then coupled with liquid mercury for binding, which means a strong filling to protect your tooth.
Despite controversy and fear over mercury ingestion, research suggests that mercury in your filling poses no harm. It is neither ingested nor absorbed into the body—nor does it “break away” to poison the blood as internet logic and legends suggest.
Many dentists no longer user amalgam fillings (and most will even replace these fillings upon request), but this is because newer resin materials offer a better filling and dentists may want to ease the minds of their patients.
When it comes to amalgam fillings, there is currently no evidence to suggest danger to patients.