Dental fillings are a common solution used for those suffering from cavities. There are different types of fillings that can be used depending on the severity of a cavity. One of the types of fillings offered is an amalgam, which is a silver-colored dental filling. This type of filling is made up of several metals, which include mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Amalgam fillings have been used for over 100 years and over 100 million Americans have received this type of filling for their cavities.
Amalgam fillings are a great selection because they are long-lasting and less expensive than other types of fillings. Since they take less time, they’re the best option to use for children or for people who have trouble sitting still for extended periods of time.
One disadvantage of amalgam fillings is that they’re not natural looking since they are silver, which means they’ll be more apparent if they’re used for cavities near the front of the mouth. Another disadvantage is that sometimes dentists have to remove more tooth structure in preparation of placing an amalgam filling, depending on the severity of the cavity.
Because amalgam fillings contain mercury, some people may have safety concerns. Fortunately, the mercury used in amalgam fillings is combined with other types of metals which makes it a stable and safe material to use for cavity fillings. It’s also important to know that there are various types of mercury. The mercury used in amalgams is not the same mercury found in water and fish; if that kind of mercury is overly consumed, individuals could find themselves facing health issues in the future. Fortunately, that is not the case for the kind of mercury found in dental products.
The American Dental Association, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reviewed extensive scientific research regarding dental amalgams and have concluded that they are safe and effective, with no potential health risks.
The American Dental Association is continuously conducting research on all types of dental fillings and would immediately inform the government if there were any unsafe materials found in cavity fillings.
If you’re suffering from cavities and believe you need dental fillings, McBride Dental offers different options for fillings based on your needs and preferences.
At McBride Dental, we offer a variety of dental services based on patients’ needs. Some of our services include preventative care services, which consists of dental exams, X-rays, deep cleanings, and more. If we find cavities, we offer different types of cavity fillings that best suit our patients’ needs. If cavities have gone untreated and led to gum disease, we also offer gum disease treatment. For those who are experiencing tooth loss, we offer dentures and dental implants. If you’re in the San Diego area and would like to schedule an appointment with us, call our office today at 760-471-1003.