“Are your teeth poisoning you?” reads the headline of an article published in a major national newspaper a few years ago. Dramatic, eye-catching, scary stuff, but fortunately dental amalgam has been studied, researched and critically reviewed extensively and established with a record of safety and effectiveness.
Dental amalgam is a combination of metals such as silver, copper and tin, in addition to mercury which binds the components into a hard, stable and safe substance. Over the years, concerns have been raised about the use of amalgam because it contains mercury. The World Dental Federation and World Health Organisation has concluded that “no studies have been published demonstrating systemic adverse effects from amalgam restorations, especially during placement and removal has not been shown to cause any adverse health effects”.
There is no difference in the incidence of any disease or the length of life between people who have amalgam fillings and those that do not. People who have amalgam fillings and have had them removed do not experience an improvement in health.
At Albany Dental, we place both amalgam and composite resin fillings on posterior (back) teeth, so speak to your dentist about what material is best suited to your needs, considering the limitations and advantages of both materials. We definitely do not recommend removal of amalgam fillings due to health concerns or the so-called removal of “toxic substances” from the body. Dr. Philip Heydenrych | Associate Dentist.