White Fillings -The Safer Alternative to Mercury Amalgams

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When a tooth decays and a filling is required, but you want to avoid elemental mercury in your system, you have the option to ask for composite, white fillings. They do not contain mercury, unlike their silver counterparts, and their color makes them blend in with the rest of your teeth for a more natural look.

White fillings are the popular choice for discerning consumers – they have, in fact, become the most widely used option when it comes to dental fillings. They are better for your health and are the cosmetically superior choice, compared with the silver amalgams of before.

Silver Amalgams are 50% Mercury

Some studies looking at silver amalgam have shown that it emits mercury vapor and can accumulate in a person’s body organs. It also crosses the placenta and has been found in breast milk and urine samples. It is thought that over 122 million Americans exceed mercury exposure level limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency, partly on account of silver amalgam fillings in their teeth.  While there’s limited research as to this type of filling’s health effects, and the American Dental Association says it’s safe, some people prefer less risky alternatives. Meridian dental care specialists can provide mercury-free composite fillings.

About White Fillings

White fillings, also called composite fillings, are made of a mixture of quartz or glass and in resin. The white color of the resin disguises the filling and is a good choice for people who don’t like the color silver in their mouth. It is also quicker to place the filling and there’s often less drilling required, as the material adheres to teeth more readily. This is an advantage, especially for nervous patients.

Composite fillings are a good option for pregnant or breastfeeding women, children, and anyone who is concerned about their health. While composite fillings may not last as long as amalgam fillings, their safety, and aesthetic appearance make them a worthwhile choice for many patients.