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Dental fillings... most of us have them in our mouths but what do you really know about them? If you have old fillings chances are good you have dental amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings. Dental Amalgam is a mixture of mercury (yes mercury), silver, tin and copper with mercury making up about 50% of the compound. Mercury is used because it is the only element that will bind all the metals in the filling together so they can be used to fill cavities.

Mercury in dental amalgam fillings has received a bad rap in the past few years even though it has been used for over 150 years and is still one of the most durable and least expensive materials that dentists can use to fill cavities. While questions have been raised about the use of mercury the science continues to show that dental amalgam is not harmful.

Resin composite fillings are an alternative to dental amalgam. Made of ceramic and plastic compounds, resin fillings can be made to look like just your teeth and can often be used for fillings in front teeth. Technology has advanced enough to allow resin composite fillings to be used in back teeth as well but they are not as strong and durable as dental amalgam and are often not covered by dental plans for use in back teeth.

Ask your Dogwood Dental dentist about amalgam fillings versus resin composite fillings, they will have read the scientific reports and studies and can give you their honest opinion on what kind of filling is best for you.