Frequently Asked Question: Dental Fillings
Are dental amalgams safe? Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to amalgam? Is it true that dental amalgams have been banned in other countries? Is there any filling material that matches tooth color? If my tooth doesn't hurt and my filling is still in place, why would the filling need to be replaced? Read this interesting and informative discussion from the American Dental Association.
FDA Consumer Update: Dental Amalgams
The Food and Drug Administration and other organizations of the U.S. Public Heath Service (USPHS) continue to investigate the safety of amalgams used in dental restorations (fillings). However, no valid scientific evidence has shown that amalgams cause harm to patients with dental restoration, except in rare cases of allergic reaction.
ATSDR – Public Health Statements: Mercury
The centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers some scientific background on mercury (contained with silver-colored fillings), and whether it believes the substance presents any health hazards
Analysis Reveals Significant Drop in Children's Tooth Decay
Children have significantly less tooth decay in their primary (baby) and permanent teeth today than they did in the early 1970s, according to the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). The analysis reveals that among children between the ages of six and 18 years the percentage of decayed permanent teeth deceased by 57.2 percent over a 20-year old period. In addition, children between the ages of two and 10 years experienced a drop of nearly 40 percent in diseased or decayed primary teeth.
Science Versus Emotion in Dental Filling Debate: Who Should Choose What Goes in Your Mouth?
The growing debate over the safety of silver-colored fillings, known as dental amalgam, pits science against emotion, and consumers are caught in the crossfire according to the American Dental Association (ADA). The decision about what to use to fill your cavities is a matter best decided by you and your dentist the ADA says, yet emotional reports claiming amalgam is responsible for a variety of diseases, are confusing and perhaps even alarming people to the point where they will not seek necessary dental care. If you are reading this page, chances are very good that you are among the majority of Americans who have had one or more teeth fill with an amalgam. The common name of this dental procedure is "filling"
Most dental amalgams are silver in color and are made from a mixture of mercury an an ally of silver, tin and cooper. Mercury makes up about 45-50 percent of the compound. Mercury is used to blind the metals together and to provide a strong, hard durable filling. Mercury has been found to be the only element that will bind these metals together in the best possible way to manipulate the material into a tooth cavity.