Choices in detal filling material
Understanding what dental filling materials are available and the pros and cons of each of those is important to making decisions about your dental health.
Bacteria in the mouth produce acids that attack your teeth by dissolving the enamel on your teeth and causing a hole, known as a cavity. A filling is what is put into that hole after a dentist removes the decay.
Silver and Gold
Silver fillings used to be the leading element that was put into cavities throughout North America and Canada. With the research of dentists across the globe and with the ability of silver to contain mercury there have been concerns about these types of filling. Most dentist believe these filling to be safe base on the studies which show that silver fillings have no evidence of increased risk for birth defects or life-threatening illnesses and not a single case of mercury poisoning by a silver filling has been reported.
Amalgam silver has a very small amount of mercury in its composition and is harmless to humans. These fillings are very durable and good for large cavities. There still remains the population of people who go to the dentist who prefer not to have metals in their mouth at all. For these individuals there are plenty of composite fillings which are now some of the most popular for use in dentist offices.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored materials that can be matched to an individuals natural tooth color making them nearly invisible. However, a drawback to composite fillings are that are not as last long as silver fillings and are prone to frequent leaks.