We are dedicated to the education of our patients. We want to give you the tools you need to be able to make informed decisions about your oral health.

One of the most common questions we get is regarding the safety of amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are a mix of mercury, silver, tin and copper, are silver in color and have been used for 150 years to fill cavities.

To this day, amalgam continues to be the most durable and cost-effective material to use to fill a cavity. Dentists are still using amalgam today, especially for fillings on the back teeth and more than a billion amalgam fillings are placed annually.

The question about safety comes from mercury but when combined with the other materials the chemical make-up changes, making the mercury harmless. One hundred years of research has proven that the amount of mercury released is less than what is found in food, air, and water.

You should consider your dental history, the size and location of the cavity, cost and your cosmetic concerns when deciding if amalgam is right for you.

If you have any questions about amalgam fillings, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (970) 351-0400.