FAQ: Amalgam Fillings
Q: What is the difference between amalgam and composite fillings?
Amalgam is a metal alloy including silver, small amounts of mercury and other metals. A Composite is a plastic resin based material. Your dentist can discuss which is the most appropriate material for you. There are many factors to consider when selecting the filling material.
Q: Do you still do Amalgam (Silver) fillings?
Yes. Although there has been a lot of negative media attention on amalgam fillings, it is a strong, safe, long lasting material and, based on the situation, may be the best filling material of choice.
Q: Do Amalgam (Silver) fillings have Mercury?
Yes, Mercury is part of the filling material. Mercury vapour is poisonous if inhaled in large quantities, however, there is no mercury vapour released from the amalgam fillings, and it is safe. The ADA (Australian Dental Association) policy remains, on the basis of the research available, that the use of dental amalgam produces no harmful effects.
Q: Should I replace my Amalgam (Silver) fillings?
Amalgam fillings may be replaced for a variety of reasons including recurring decay, fracture or endodontic treatment. Replacement of dental amalgam fillings for aesthetic reasons may create problems that otherwise would not have occurred including damage to or weakening of teeth. The ADA (Australian Dental Association) believes there is no positive gain in having satisfactory dental amalgam fillings replaced with other materials, other than for aesthetic reasons.
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