Dental amalgam is composed of a mixture of metals, including silver, mercury, tin, copper and other trace metals. Amalgam has been used in dental fillings for over 100 years, and some dentists still use it today. Composite fillings, on the other hand, are free of mercury. Furthermore, amalgam fillings often eventually lead to tooth fractures and cracks, while composite restorations can actually help to strengthen the tooth structure. Composite dental fillings are also a more esthetic choice for your smile: while amalgam dental fillings are silver in color, composite fillings are tooth-colored and can be matched to blend in with your smile’s natural appearance.
Our dentist and team have been trained in safe dental amalgam removal, and we can often complete this treatment in a single comfortable visit to our office. For more information about amalgam removal and the benefits of mercury-free dentistry, we invite you to call or visit us today. We are always happy to answer your questions!