Published on July 11, 2022, Updated on September 12, 2022
Amalgam and silver fillings are used to repair holes and gaps in teeth caused by tooth decay. There might be liquid mercury, powdered alloy, and even silver, tin, and copper in the amalgam. Dental amalgam is often used to repair decaying teeth because it may be molded in a variety of ways.
Is Amalgam Safe in Dentistry?
Dental amalgam is completely safe. Despite the controversy surrounding dental amalgam, the FDA has stated that Amalgam fillings are safe for adults and children over the age of six.
Why is Mercury Used in Amalgam?
Mercury holds the components of the alloy together to create an amalgam, a strong, solid filler. Mercury is a vital component of amalgam fillings and helps dental restorations last longer due to its unique properties. Almost half of the mercury in amalgam fillings is made up of a powdered mixture of tin, copper, and silver.
Are There Alternatives To Amalgam?
Dentists may also use porcelain, composite resin, glass ionomer, and resin ionomer to repair teeth.
What is more to Know About Cavities other than Amalgam?
Cavities may be filled with materials other than Amalgam, such as porcelain, composite, and others.