Cosmetic Dentistry – Amalgam Fillings
Amalgam fillings may contain mercury, and are often referred to as metal fillings. Their safety has been in question for a number of years due to concerns over the absorption of elemental mercury contributing to several diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, and Arthritis. Amalgam fillings are a mixture of liquid mercury, small pieces of silver, and other metals such as copper, tin and zinc. Though this type of filling is strong and durable, they can compromise the integrity of teeth because they require the dentist to cut the tooth in a way that weakens the tooth during function (like when chewing). Also, because they are metal, it is difficult to see tooth decay beneath them on a dental X-RAY as the metal “blocks out” the decay.
Before & After
*Tooth Colored Restorations