What are dental amalgam and its alternatives?

If you’re like millions of other Americans, you may have had a cavity filled with dental amalgam, the silver-colored material that makes up traditional fillings. According to the FDA, dental amalgam is “a mixture of metals, consisting of liquid mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper.” Although dental amalgam fillings are known for their longevity and cost-effectiveness, many people choose to have cavities filled with an alternative material due to concerns with its appearance or mercury content. One such alternative choice is a composite resin filling. Made primarily of plastic, these fillings can be colored to match the surrounding teeth, making them an attractive choice for many patients.

However, the FDA notes that composite resin fillings may need to be replaced faster than traditional dental amalgam. Before making a decision, it is important to get the opinion of a dentist on your True Care Advantage dental plans. He or she can review the advantages of each type of filling and make a recommendation about the best one for your situation. Remember: Regardless of the filling material, it is important to get any cavities taken care of in order to protect the integrity of your teeth.


One thought on “What are dental amalgam and its alternatives?

  1. I was seriously poisoned by mercury amalgam dental fillings. It is now proven to affect children and adults of a certain gene type, ApoE4. James J Woods has published a new paper retracting his findings of safety in children. The neurocognitive and kidney impacts are most dramatic in boys, female hormones seem to be protective. Thomas Duplinsky has just published a new paper documenting increased Rx use among dentists compared to matched controls for four major disease categories. As we age, and hormone levels drop, health impacts become evident in women. Everyone should have a biocompatibility test before dental work, nobody should put a known toxin in their mouth, and all dentists should urge the FDA to follow the recommendations of its 2010 Scientific Advisory Panel to restrict its use, or better, ban it as other nations have done and are doing. Dental plans must be cost-neutral and pay the same percentage toward safer alternatives to mercury amalgam dental fillings in all teeth, or they are unfortunately fueling disease.

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