Dentists have used silver amalgam fillings to restore decayed teeth for over 150 years. Amalgam is a shiny, metallic material that is a mixture of metal and mercury, but what a lot of people don’t know is that these fillings contain more mercury than any other substance. There have been studies that show even in very small amounts, mercury can increase health risks if absorbed by the body (when vapor is released by something as simple as chewing).
Safe, Natural-Looking Mercury-Free Materials
The American Dental Association maintains that amalgam fillings are safe, however, at Hylan Dental Care of Aurora we recognize that many patients are still uneasy about putting mercury in their mouths and that is why we offer an alternative — tooth-colored composite resin. There are many advantages to composite fillings, including less drilling, a healthier, stronger tooth structure and less sensitivity to hot and cold. Plus, the composite materials are color-matched to your natural tooth color to give you a beautiful smile.
If you’d like more information on mercury-free dentistry, call us or request an appointment online.