Need to Know: Silver Fillings

Years ago, silver fillings, also known as amalgam fillings, were used to fill cavities. Now, there are better, safer methods using tooth-coloured composite resin to bond and repair damaged teeth.

Key takeaways:

– Fillings are inspected by a dentist during a check-up.

– Silver fillings which show no signs of damage are usually left in place.

– The dentist will discuss new types of fillings if a silver filling has some damage, or the tooth is deteriorating.

Due to the type of material they contain (mercury), dentists usually recommend that silver fillings remain in place unless damaged.