I have several silver (amalgam) fillings. I have been hearing a lot of different things about the safety of silver fillings. Should I have them removed.
In recent years, there have been concerns over the safety of the material used for silver (amalgam) fillings. Amalgam contains many metals including mercury which has caused some controversy. Several studies have been conducted to conclude that there should be no cause for concern with silver filling. The FDA has stated amalgam fillings are safe for adults and children over six years old. Everyday we are exposed to mercy in our environment from the air to water we drink. Any exposure to mercury from silver fillings is very small and less than what we are exposed to on a daily basis. There is no reason to have your silver fillings removed unless they are wearing out or unless you would like them removed for cosmetic reasons.
At Webster Groves Dental we only use a tooth colored (composite) filling material to blend in with your natural teeth. The composite material does not contain mercury.