If you have a cavity, amalgam fillings may be used to patch up the cavity. Amalgam fillings have been used in dentistry since the 1800s and have proven to be a reliable and efficient method of sealing cavities. However, the use of amalgam fillings has declined over the recent years with the introduction of new materials.
Nevertheless, dentists around the globe have agreed that amalgam fillings have a wider variety of use compared to its new counterparts.
There have been claims that amalgam fillings pose a danger to your health due to the mercury present in the material. These claims however are a bit exaggerated and lack scientific proof in most cases.
During the amalgam filling procedure, the following will take place:
Some of the benefits you may enjoy from using amalgam fillings include:
Despite its numerous advantages, there are a few drawbacks associated with amalgam fillings. They are:
Also called ‘silver fillings’, amalgam fillings contain a blend of metals. These metals include tin, silver, copper and mercury. In some cases, amalgam fillings will include indium, palladium and zinc.
The reason people have raised concerns over the safety of using amalgam fillings in the recent years is due to its mercury content. Mercury is said to release a vapour that may be inhaled into your body. The mercury inhaled may potentially cause damage to your body organs such as the brain.
Mercury is essential in amalgam fillings. It is responsible for ensuring the flexibility of the amalgam material by causing it to be soft enough to be placed into the tooth cavity.
Researchers argue that since mercury is a natural metal, everyone must have been exposed to it at one point in their lives through the air we breath or our drinking water. Due to the low mercury content in amalgam fillings, researchers have concluded that there is no difference between the exposure to mercury from the amalgam fillings and that of our environment.
Contrary to the claims put forth, amalgam fillings are safe for use despite containing mercury. However, you should consult with your dentist before getting an amalgam filling since there are people who are allergic to the components of the material.
For the best amalgam filling procedure, book an appointment with us today at All About Family Dentistry. We have exceptional support stuff and experienced dentists who will ensure your amalgam filling is perfect.