Are amalgam fillings dangerous?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Public Health have conducted multiple studies and determined the mercury found in amalgam fillings is not chemically active. No adverse health effects have ever been linked to amalgam dental fillings.

In spite of the research available, many patients prefer composite, tooth-colored fillings either because they have metal allergies, want to avoid the appearance of dark fillings, or simply based on the presence of mercury. We respect the wishes of our patients and often talk to patients who want to replace their silver amalgam fillings with esthetic tooth-colored options.

If your fillings are breaking down, opting to replace them with composite makes perfect sense. It is important to remember that removing a large amalgam fillings may require restoration with a dental crown rather than a filling depending on how much tooth structure remains. Dr. Olvera will offer all of your options and the benefits of each so you can make the decision that works best for you.

Replacing metal fillings for cosmetic reasons may be part of a comprehensive smile makeover and can brighten the overall appearance of your teeth.

If you have questions about the metal components in your dentistry, give us a call! We will be happy to discuss your concerns with you.

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