Is the mercury in silver fillings harmful?
This is one of the most asked and debated questions in dentistry. Silver fillings, also know as amalgam fillings, contain trace levels of mercury. Although any health risk to patients has not been verified, there is concern about the affects of mercury being released into our environment. As part of our commitment to both our patients and the environment, we discourage the use of amalgams. Our office recommends composite fillings as an alternative. Composite fillings offer a more conservative and cosmetic choice to amalgams, giving you both strength and beauty.