Are amalgam fillings safe?
In recent years there has been some controversy about the safety of the mercury used in dental fillings. But we can assure you that amalgam fillings are not only safe, they are very strong and durable.
Amalgam fillings – also referred to as silver fillings – have been safely and effectively used for over 100 years. In spite of the controversy, several public health agencies like The American Dental Association (ADA) and the FDA have confirmed the safety of amalgam for dental fillings.
One of the reasons that amalgam fillings are so widely used is that they form a very stable repair for teeth that withstand a lot of wear, like molars. However, since aesthetics are important, at Maine Family Dental we use tooth-colored fillings for teeth that are noticeable when you smile. But we will talk to you about the benefits of both amalgam and tooth-colored fillings so you can choose which best fits your lifestyle and budget.
Filling teeth is an essential service that we provide to keep your teeth functional and healthy. The best way to avoid cavities and the need for fillings is to follow a regular routine of dental exams and cleanings. By monitoring your oral health, we can stay one step ahead of problems and treat them before they become serious and costly to fix.