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The most common type of dental filling for cavities is what’s called an amalgam filling. It’s used often here at Smiley Dental Arlington in Arlington, Texas. However, in the past concerns have been raised about the safety of these fillings since they contain mercury, a metal known to cause health problems.

So let’s take a few moments today to clear up the confusion about health problems and amalgam fillings.

Will they harm your health?

The short answer is no. Amalgam fillings have been used in dentistry for over 150 years, and in 2009 the Food and Drug Administration determined that there is no health risk to adults or children from the exposure to mercury in amalgam fillings.

Why is it used?

Mercury is used in fillings because it makes the filling material more pliable, so your dentist has an easier time of getting it to correctly fill the cavity. These fillings are also the most affordable, making them a very popular option.

So while there have been concerns raised over the levels of mercury used in dental fillings, it’s safe to say that there isn’t any risk to you or your kids’ health if you choose to use these fillings to fix cavities.

If you have any other questions, please call us at 682.558.8720.