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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

Safety concerns 

  • 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. 

Concerns?

  • Discuss any concerns with your dentist
  • Work with your dentist to determine the best material for your mouth, body and health

References: 

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.