Are Metal Dental Fillings Bad For My Health?

closeup of amalgam dental fillings

When decay sets into a tooth, it eats away part of the tooth material, creating a cavity. To treat this very common issue, a dentist like Dr. Hunsaker will clean out the decay and fill in the hole. Most people need a filling or two at some point. They’re not painful and they restore your tooth to a healthy, strong state. Fillings are made from a few different materials, including metal. Are metal fillings bad for your health?

Metal Fillings Are Considered Safe

For many years, metal was the material of choice for fillings. Gold was an option, but because of its high price tag, most people went with amalgam. Also known as a silver filling, amalgam is a combination of metals including elemental mercury and tin. It’s been in use for over 150 years, but is it bad for your health?

Mercury at high levels is dangerous, but the amount in fillings is very small. The majority of research shows that amalgam fillings do not cause mercury poisoning. According to the FDA, amalgam fillings are safe for people 6 years and older.

Tooth-Colored Fillings Offer Benefits

You might still want to avoid metal fillings. If you’re allergic to mercury or the other metals in amalgam, you’ll want another option. We offer tooth-colored fillings as part of our restorative dentistry services. These fillings, also known as composite resin fillings, are made from a mixture of safe materials. They don’t have any of the possible risks associated with amalgam. Another benefit is that their color blends in with the rest of your smile. Be sure to maintain good oral hygiene at home to avoid discoloration.

Visit Midtown Dental for All Your Dental Needs

Besides fillings, Midtown Dental offers a range of services like preventative care, cosmetic dentistry, and emergency dentistry. If you have any questions about dental fillings or want to schedule an appointment at our Logan office, please contact us today!

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