Silver Amalgam Fillings
‘Silver fillings’ are referred to in the dental world as ‘Amalgam Restorations’.
What they do?
- Type of material placed in the tooth, after a cavity is cleaned out
- It has been used as a ‘filling’ material for over 150 years
- Amalgam contains mercury along with other metals
- At certain levels Mercury is a known toxin affecting the brain and kidneys
- Mercury is also found in foods, soils and water
- Mercury vapors can be released in small amounts from a dental filling and inhaled or absorbed into the body
Why is Amalgam still used?
- It is a strong filling material
- lasts a long time
- Does not break as easily as other materials
- Mercury poisoning accumulates over time
- No clinical research link between amalgam restorations and mercury poisoning has been found
Should I have the Amalgam fillings removed?
- It is not recommended to remove the fillings unless they are worn down, leaking or broken.
- Discuss any concerns with your dentist
- Work with your dentist to determine the best material for your mouth, body and health
Canadian Dental Association. Dental Amalgams FAQ. <https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/faqs/dental_amalgam_faqs.asp> Accessed, September 26th, 2019.
Canadian Dental Association. CDA Position on Dental Amalgam. <https://www.cda-adc.ca/_files/position_statements/amalgam.pdf> March, 2014. Accessed, September 30th, 2019.
FDA. About Dental Amalgam Fillings. <https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/dental-amalgam/about-dental-amalgam-fillings> Published, December, 5th, 2017. Accessed, September 30th, 2019.