Dental amalgams are made of different materials including mercury, tin, silver, and copper. They have been used in dentistry for over 100 years and are excellent options for fillings because of their durability and affordability. However, some people still consider dental amalgams unsafe. This is mostly perpetuated by myths and disinformation. In this article, we address the safety concerns you may have regarding dental amalgams.
Dental amalgams have been used in millions of people over more than 100 years and have assisted in filling cavities and restoring crowns. They are the most commonly used fillings, are easy to work with, and are long-lasting. The widespread and continued use of amalgams is a testament to its safety.
PRESENCE OF MERCURY
One of the reasons people are skeptical of dental amalgams is because they hear the word “mercury” and get nervous. However, they fail to realize that there are different kinds of mercury that exist. According to the Mayo Clinic, the level of mercury in amalgams is not high enough to cause any health problems. Additionally, unlike mercury found in water or fish, the mercury in amalgams is contained inside the filling.
APPROVAL OF THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION
Another indicator of safety is the American Dental Association (ADA)'s position on amalgams. Because of their strict regulations and testing, you can rest assured that the material is both safe and effective. This is backed by other renowned authorities such as the CDC, the WHO, and the Mayo Clinic.
Various studies have shown time and time again that dental amalgams are both, safe and effective. Studies have been replicated, peer-reviewed, and fully vetted for validity. Such studies have compared health outcomes of those fitted with amalgams to those fitted with different types of fillings. One of the most popular studies proving this is a 5-year longitudinal study that concluded that there was no statistically significant difference between the two groups studied.
However, like many other substances, people may have allergies to one or more metals used in the production of dental amalgams. If you're concerned about this or are pregnant, you can always consult Dr. Robert Stover and . They are more than happy to answer your questions and offer advice.
To schedule an appointment with them, call Olympia Prosthodontics & Cosmetic Dentistry at (360) 339-4944.